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  • Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that's why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that when children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes and made war on each other, the seasons would change: Jem and I were burdened with the guilt of contributing to the aberrations of nature, thereby causing unhappiness to our neighbors and discomfort to ourselves.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women - black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Things are never as bad as they seem.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")


  • Cecil Jacobs is a big wet hen!
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • I was proceeding on the dim theory, aside from the innate attractiveness of such words, that if Atticus discovered I had picked them up at school he wouldn't make me go.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Mutual defiance made them alike.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer's day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Thought you could kill my Snow-on-the-Mountain, did you? Well, Jessie says that the top's growing back out. Next time you'll know how to do it right, won't you? You'll pull it up by the roots, won't you?
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • If this thing's hushed up it'll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I've tried to raise him. Sometimes I think I'm a total failure as a parent, but I'm all they've got. Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.. if I connived at something like this, frankly I couldn't meet his eye, and the day I can't do that I'll know I've lost him. I don't want to lose him and Scout, because they're all I've got.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • My Lord, Aunt Stephanie, you almost gave me a heart attack!
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Sometimes it's better to bend the law a little in special cases.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies - Scout
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")


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