Ten On Tuesday

In honor of AMC running a special To Kill A Mockingbird with commentary by Maya Angelou tonight, my 10 on Tuesday is dedicated to my favorite quotes, from my favorite book.

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1.  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 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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout (Jean Louise Finch) the narrator, Chapter 1.

2.  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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch to daughter Scout, Chapter 3.

3.  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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch, Chapter 9.

4.  I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout, Chapter 9.

5.  Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Attitus Finch to daughter Scout, Chapter 10.

6.  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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Attitus Finch, Chapter 11.

7.  So it took an eight-year-old child to bring ’em to their senses…. 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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Attitus Finch, Chapter 16.

8.  I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system – that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Speech to the jury by Atticus Finch, Chapter 20.

9.  I’m not a very good man, sir, but I am sheriff of Maycomb County. Lived in this town all my life an’ I’m goin’ on forty-three years old. Know everything that’s happened here since before I was born. There’s a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it’s dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch. Let the dead bury the dead.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Sheriff Tate, Chapter 30.

10.  Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Scout, Chapter 31.

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