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10 most memorable quotes by Harper Lee


Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016) was a classic American novelist widely known for ‘To kill a Mockingbird’. Here are 10 of her most memorable quotes about love, friendship, tolerance and justice.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” 

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.” 

“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.”

“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” 

“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing 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.”

“Remember this also: it’s always easy to look back and see what we were, yesterday, ten years ago. It is hard to see what we are. If you can master that trick, you’ll get along.”

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

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

-Submitted by Shreya Mundhra

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