What are some important quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Here are some significant quotes from the book.

Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. (ch 1)

This quote describes the town using personification.  This is important because the town is a character in the story.  It is old and set in its ways.

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” Atticus said. (ch 9)

Atticus describes his attempt to win the trial this way.  It is interesting because Atticus knows he is going to lose the trial, because of the racism set dead against him.  However, he still is willing to try the case and give it everything he’s got because it’s the right thing to do.

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (ch 10)

This famous quote is where the book got its name from.  It shows that innocence should be protected, even though it will always be a target.

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. It’s when you know 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.  Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew.” (ch 11)

This statement from Atticus to Jem demonstrates one of the main themes of the book: the importance of mental courage.  Courage comes in all forms, and mental courage, including fighting oneself, is the strongest and most important kind.

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. (ch 31)

This quote is significant because it shows that Scout has grown up.  She now understand empathy, and can look at the world from Boo Radley’s perspective.



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