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  • A mob's always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man. Every mob in every little Southern town is always made up of people you know--doesn't say much for them, does it?
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Finders were keepers unless title was proven.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Jem also told me that if I breathed a word to Atticus, if in any way I let Atticus know I knew, Jem would personally never speak to me again.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Nothing is more deadly than a deserted, waiting street.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • The cold water embraced hime like no woman ever could
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")


  • When it was time to play Boo's big scene, Jem would sneak into the house, steal the scissors from the sewingmachine drawer when Calpurnia's back was turned, then sit in the swing and cut up newspapers. Dill would walk by, cough at Jem, and Jem would fake a plunge into Dill's thigh. From where I stood it looked real.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Again, as I had often met it in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • His food doesn't stick going down, does it?
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained - if you ate animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Nothin's real scary except in books.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it - whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. ~Atticus Finch
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • When stalking one's prey, it is best to take one's time. Say nothing, and as sure as eggs he will become curious and emerge.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • As a reader I loathe introductions...Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill A Mockingbird")

  • I came to the conclusion that people were just peculiar, I withdrew from them, and never thought about them unless I was forced to.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")

  • Jem, naturally, was Boo: he went under the front steps and shrieked and howled from time to time.
    (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird")


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