What are eight quotes that are words of wisdom from the book To Kill a Mockingbird?  

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To Kill a Mockingbird is filled with many memorable quotations, but probably the two most famous quotes from TKAM are the following:

  • "Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." (Atticus, to Jem, Chapter 10)
  • "You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (Atticus, to Scout, Chapter 3)

The first quote refers to one of the major themes of the novel, that of innocence. The mockingbird harms nothing and only makes music for others to enjoy. The second quote deals with another theme, tolerance, and how people need to understand the actions and feelings of another before judging them.

Other important quotes that can be found in the text include:

  • "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." (Scout, Chapter 23)
  • "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.  (Atticus, to his brother Jack, Chapter 9)
  • "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.  (Atticus, to Jem, Chapter 11)
  • 'I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year." (Scout, Chapter 9)
  • "The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." (Atticus, to Jem, Chapter 11)
  • "I'm not a very good man, sir, but I am sheriff of Maycomb County... There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it's dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead." (Sheriff Heck Tate, to Atticus, Chapter 30)
cwilliams71 | Student

you never really know a man until you have climbed into his skin and walked around in it

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