80+ Best To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes: Exclusive Selection

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by the American author Harper Lee. It was published in 1960 and, instantly successful in the United States, it is widely read in high and middle schools. To Kill a Mockingbird has become a classic of modern American literature, winning the Pulitzer Prize. Profoundly inspirational To Kill A Mockingbird quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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I’m gonna be a new kind of clown. I’m gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks. — Harper Lee

Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in. — Harper Lee

I don’t think I’ll ever lose the feeling that I had when I read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – Harper Lee was going back into her childhood. I grew up in a real small town – Lee’s was in the South, mine the Northwest – but small towns have a lot in common. There was such a revelation in knowing that a story could be told like that. — Chris Crutcher

Try fighting with your head for a change… it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning. — Harper Lee

Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of another… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results. — Harper Lee

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

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

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. — Harper Lee

With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable. — Harper Lee

Summer, and he watches his children’s heart break. Autumn again and Boo’s children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. — Harper Lee

That proves something- that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human. — Harper Lee

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. — Harper Lee

It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. — Harper Lee

Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’. — Harper Lee

I have finished To Kill a Mockingbird. It is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book. — Stephen Chbosky

This case is just as racist as the fictional, but unfortunately all too typical case, in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. — John Simon

Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad. — Harper Lee

The copies of The Catcher In The Rye or To Kill A Mockingbird that I own look like they were printed yesterday, and there’s not a nick, not a blur, there’s not any fading on the jacket at all, because they were taken and protected. A limited edition, by nature, is limited, and also probably more protected because of that. I’d rather have a first trade edition than a special one of 25 that was made years later, even if it’s signed by the author. The trade edition is the Holy Grail. — John Larroquette

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks. — Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favourite novels, my mum brought me up reading it, and it never fails to move me. — Jessica Marais

You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ’em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t. — Harper Lee

Atticus, he was real nice. Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them. — Harper Lee

It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike — in the second place, folks don’t like to have someone around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates them. Your not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. — Harper Lee

I’ve been writing as long as I’ve been able to form words. I never wrote with an idea of publishing anything until I began working on ‘[To Kill a] Mockingbird’. I think that what went before may have been a rather subconscious form of learning how to write, of training myself. — Harper Lee

She seemed glad to see me when I appeared in the kitchen, and by watching her I began to think there was some skill involved in being a girl. — Harper Lee

I never expected any sort of success with ‘Mockingbird’… I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. — Harper Lee

I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year. Scout — Harper Lee

I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird. — Harper Lee

I remember reading To Kill A Mockingbird when I was 12. What I liked about it is that it was all seen through a child’s eyes. It was Harper Lee going back and writing it from the way a child would see those things. — Mara Wilson

There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one. — Harper Lee

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

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. — Harper Lee

I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work. — Harper Lee

I would say what was always on her[Harper Lee] mind was the stories she had to tell, and the story was pretty obvious in To Kill A Mockingbird, maybe a bit – little bit less obvious and more obscure in Go Set A Watchman. — Wayne Flynt

I have ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ signed by Harper Lee. That is my prized possession. — Nancy Grace

When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em. No… you had the right answer this afternoon, but the wrong reasons. Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it. Hotheadedness isn’t. — Harper Lee

To kill a mockingbird. If you haven’t read it, I think you should because it is very interesting. — Stephen Chbosky

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. — Harper Lee

Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere. — Harper Lee

Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. — Harper Lee

Folks don’t like to have somebody around knowing more than they do. — Harper Lee

Hey, Mr. Cunningham. How’s your entailment gettin’ along? — Harper Lee

My favorite novel is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ because of its broad sweep, its tackling of big issues in ways that even young minds can make sense of and for the heart of the characters, who span a wide range of ages. I reread it every year. — Ridley Pearson

You never really know a man until you have divorced him. — Zsa Zsa Gabor

I would come, many years later, to understand why To Kill A Mockingbird is considered an important novel, but when I first read it at 11, I was simply absorbed by the way it evoked the mysteries of childhood, of treasures discovered in trees, and games played with an exotic summer friend. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand. — Harper Lee

Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it. — Harper Lee

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents. — Harper Lee

I interviewed – no – had lunch with Harper Lee several years ago, trying to convince Harper Lee to do To Kill a Mockingbird for the book club. She wouldn’t do it. She said, Honey, I said everything I wanted to say. — Oprah Winfrey

I’m a huge classics fan. I love Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger. I’m that guy who rereads a book before I read newer stuff, which is probably not all that progressive, and it’s not really going to make me a better reader. I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, you should read To Kill a Mockingbird. — John Krasinski

It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you. — Harper Lee

My favorite scene in all of movies is Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird: You see him where he’s on the porch, and his face is almost completely obscured. I don’t want to see his face. — Mary-Louise Parker

Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was. — Harper Lee

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for. — Harper Lee

Like Scout and her father in To Kill a Mockingbird, my father would pull me onto his lap each night in our four-room apartment and read aloud. — Jim Trelease

Things are always better in the morning. — Harper Lee

Let the dead bury the dead. — Harper Lee

We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple. — Harper Lee

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change… — Harper Lee

If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time. It’s because he wants to stay inside. — Harper Lee

I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,’ said Dill. Jem and I stopped in our tracks. Yes sir, a clown,’ he said. ‘There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I’m gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.’ You got it backwards, Dill,’ said Jem. ‘Clowns are sad, it’s folks that laugh at them.’ Well I’m gonna be a new kind of clown. I’m gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks. — Harper Lee

hold your head high and keep those fists down – Atticus Finch — Harper Lee

So it took an eight-year-old child to bring ’em to their senses…. That proves something – that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they’re still human. Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children. — Harper Lee

This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home. — Harper Lee

There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them. — Harper Lee

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. — Harper Lee

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, he is trash. — Harper Lee

Things are never as bad as they seem. — Harper Lee

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. — Harper Lee

I lived an idyllic ‘Huckleberry Finn’ life in a tiny town. Climbing trees. Tagging after brothers. Happy. Barefoot on my pony. It was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’-esque. — Sissy Spacek

Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. — Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird’ represents Hollywood at its very finest, when a popular film could truly contain a message. It has one of the most moving scores of all time. — Mark Mothersbaugh

They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again and when they do it — seems that only the children weep. Good night. — Harper Lee

Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win. — Harper Lee

The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. — James McCosh

Every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had. — Anna Quindlen

Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts. — Harper Lee

…but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. — Harper Lee

As a matter of fact, I constantly tell audiences all over the world that the single greatest icon of American culture from the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird was that novel so that if we say, what conversation can we have that would lead us on a road of tolerance, and teachers have decided that if you’re going to teach values in a school in America, the answer that American teachers at all kinds of schools have come up with, just let Harper Lee teach To Kill A Mockingbird. And then all the teacher has to do is stand back and guide the discussion. — Wayne Flynt

When I was young, I was really, really obsessed with Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. Because my mom was a projectionist in college, she was somehow able to get a real projector. And she had some connections, so she would get real prints, and we’d put up a sheet. The first movies I saw were To Kill a Mockingbird [1962], Gigi [1958], A Woman Under the Influence [1974]. Then when I was old enough to be able to rent movies, I went through a very big Cassavetes phase. — Winona Ryder

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

I’ve become one of those people who prowl around at night in their cars. God, I am the town’s Boo Radley, just like in To Kill A Mockingbird. — Kathryn Stockett

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. — Harper Lee

You rarely win, but sometimes you do. — Harper Lee

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