Quotes

Scout Finch Quotes

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

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.

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.

Things are never as bad as they seem.

You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let ’em get your goat.

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

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.

Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.

Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of another.

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.

Atticus had two yellow pencils for me and a note.Jem asked me why I was giving a note, but I didn’t answer.

I wondered why Atticus had sent me to Calpurnia’s back yard instead of greeting me at the front steps.

Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. 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.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.

The day was still, warm, the sun slanting into the courtyard.

I had never noticed how tall he was.

His smile broadened. ‘I’m Charles Baker Harris,’ he said.

The Radley place fascinated Dill.

Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.

They were white hands, sickly white hands that had never seen the sun.

Are we poor, Atticus? Atticus nodded. We are indeed.

The streetlights were weakly winking.

I sometimes felt a guilty suspicion that she had brought me into the world with some regret.

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

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.

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.

I never loved to read until I feared I would lose it. One does not love breathing.

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.

Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Atticus, he was real nice… Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.

Miss Maudie was the nicest person I knew, and she loved everything that grew.

You don’t forget the first time you heard them. I heard ’em, Atticus, I sure did. He promised me he wouldn’t do it anymore. I said you just come along with me, boy, and I’ll strip you naked in front of the entire town.

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.

Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?

There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.

Atticus was right. One time he said, you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.

The last thing I ever thought Atticus would do was argue with anyone except St. Francis of Assisi.

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.

Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t you let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you was so high and mighty!

There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.

Atticus said to Jem one day, I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

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.

Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.

My father, on the other hand, could land fourteen chickens on a dime.

You see, boys, I don’t mind working, but I do mind folk tryin’ to write down in a piece of paper what I do.

You know what’s going to happen as well as I… I’m going to ‘preciate what you did for my boy.


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