A compilation of key quotes from the text has been made to outline significant themes.



"...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." PG. 45

"...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...It's a good one, even if it does resists learning." PG. 84

"Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'" PG. 9

"People in their right minds never take pride in their talents, said Miss. Maudie." PG. 109

"...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." PG. 116

"...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 favouring Negroes over and above themselves. It's slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label something." PG. 120

"I certainly am (a nigger-lover.) 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. So don't let Mrs Dubose get you down. She had enough troubles of her own." PG. 120 - 121

"Jem's eyes nearly popped out of his head. 'Old hell-devil, old hell-devil!' he screamed, flinging it down. 'Why can't she leace me alone?'In a flash Atticus was up and standing over him. Jem buried his face in Atticus's shirt front. 'Sh-h,' he said. 'I think that was her way of telling you - everything's all right now, Jem, everything's all right. You know, she was a great lady.''A lady?' Jem raised his head. His face was scarlet. 'After all those things she said about you, a lady?''She was. She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe...son, I told you that if you hadn't lost your head I'd have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her - 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." PG. 124

"Negroes worshipped in it on Sunday and white men gambled in it on weekdays." PG. 130

"I don't know of any law that says they can't talk. Maybe if we didn't give them so much to talk about they'd be quiet." PG. 173

"So it took an eight-year-old child to bring 'em to their senses, didn't it?...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...you children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute. That was enough." PG. 173

"Mr. Finch, if you was nigger like me, you'd be scared, too." PG. 215

"Cry about the simple hell people give other people - without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give coloured folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too." PG. 222

"In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins." PG. 243

"-whenever a white man does that to a black man (cheats him), no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash." PG. 243

"Serving on a jury forces a man to make up his mind and declare himself about something. Men don't like to do that. Sometimes it's unpleasant." PG. 245

"That's what I thought, too, when I was your age. 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 why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time...it's because he wants to stay inside." PG. 251

"Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed." PG. 266

"'Heck.' Atticus's back was turned. 'If this thing's hushed up it'll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I've tried to raise him. Sometimes I think I'm a total failure as a parent, but I'm all they've got. Before Jen looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him...If I connived at something like this, frankly I couldn't meet his eye, and the day I can't do that I'll know I've lost him. I don't want to lose him and Scout, because they're all I've got.'
'Mr Finch.' Mr Tate was still planted to the floorboards.
'Bob Ewell fell on his knife, I can prove it.' PG. 301

END OF THE BOOK - PG. 309
"...Atticus, he was real nice..."
"Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."