To Kill a Mockingbird Book
Good day InboundQuotes reader, now we are here to talk about a phenomenal novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
To Kill a Mockingbird is book written by Harper Lee. It published in 1960 and receive immense attention from public that it become a classic of modern American literature.
The novel become so popular and receive acknowledgement by winning Pulitzer Prize in 1961.
Because of the popularity, the book is translated into 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies around the world.
Even though the novel is enormously popular and being used in school, the book not get so much literary analysis.
Yet, the American Library Association reported that To Kill a Mockingbird was number 21 of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 2000–2009
Some author that give commentary about the book, call this book as “astonishing phenomenon”.
No wonder, British librarian titled To Kill a Mockingbird as “every adult should read before they die”, ranked ahead the Bible.
Soon after, the novel then adapted into a film and then again get so many awards from academy award. Some of those are award for Best Actor, Best Art Direction, and Best Writing Screenplay.
Reason to read To Kill a Mockingbird
There are several reasons that you have to read this novel. First of all, even the book set in the 1930’s, it’s not obsolete.
The novel talk about racism, cruelty, prejudices and discrimination. It’s common issues from around the world. So many people can relate with the book.
To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes
Atticus Finch Quotes
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it
I do my best to love everybody… I’m hard put, sometimes—baby, 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
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 matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change
The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience
Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win
You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down
[Real courage] is when you know when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird
There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire
Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal
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
Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open
Scout Finch Quotes
So far, things were utterly dull: nobody had thundered, there were no arguments between opposing counsel, there was no drama; a grave disappointment to all present, it seemed. Atticus was proceeding amiably, as if he were involved in a title dispute. With his infinite capacity for calming turbulent seas, he could make a rape case as dry as a sermon
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing
I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks
As Judge Taylor banged his gavel, Mr. Ewell was sitting smugly in the witness chair, surveying his handiwork. With one phrase he had turned happy picknickers into a sulky, tense, murmuring crowd, being slowly hypnotized by gavel taps lessening in intensity until the only sound in the courtroom was a dim pink-pink-pink: the judge might have been rapping the bench with a pencil
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
Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives
With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable
One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them
Quotes about racism
You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men
nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody
She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man. No code mattered to her before she broke it, but it came crashing down on her afterwards
There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life
The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color [skin] 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, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash
To Kill a Mockingbird Trivia
Little did you know, the actors who played Scout and Atticus, Mary Badham and Gregory Peck, became very close during filming and remained friends until Peck’s death. Apparently, he only ever referred to Mary as Scout.
At Peck’s funeral in 2003, the person who delivered the eulogy is Brock Peters, who played Tom Robinson alongside Peck’s Atticus Finch.
Little did you know, even though the book was a massive hit, studios were hesitant to turn it into a film.
The reason is because the novel didn’t have a love story and lacked action.
And we know afterwards, the film is a big success at the time, and become one of the most iconic movies of all time, so it’s probably a good thing they changed their minds.