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To Kill a Mockingbird (book)

It’s tough to find someone who hasn’t read To Kill A Mockingbird, the masterful debut by American author Harper Lee, who died Thursday at 89. The illustrious novel has grown into a largely beloved, best-selling mammoth since its release in 1960, detailing the grim realities of classism and race in the Deep South. To Kill A Mockingbird sold more than 10 million copies in its 50-year span, and in honor of Lee’s death, Amazon has shared the top Kindle highlights from the book:

  • “Shoot all the bluejays 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. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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

  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

  • “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, and you can look down the street and see the results.”

  • “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—” “Sir?” “—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

  • “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents,” said Miss Maudie.”

  • “Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square. Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.”

  • “A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.”

  • “His first two clients were the last two persons hanged in the Maycomb County jail. Atticus had urged them to accept the state’s generosity in allowing them to plead Guilty to second-degree murder and escape with their lives, but they were Haverfords, in Maycomb County a name synonymous with jackass.”

To Kill a Mockingbird (book)
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