To Kill a Mockingbird Quotations

Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" Quotations Feels Like Reading About Real People

To Kill a Mocking-bird by Harper Lee.
Tony Roberts Pickersgill Reef
The beauty of this narrative, To Kill a Mockingbird, is that each character has flaws, just as in real-life. This helps the readers connect with the characters. Get into the skin of each character with these To Kill a Mockingbird quotations. To Kill a Mockingbird quotations draw readers out of their shells and force them to think beyond personal issues.

Atticus Finch

  • Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.

  • (about Calpurnia) We couldn't operate a single day without Cal, have you ever thought of that?"
  • I was to think of these days many times. Of Jem, and Dill, and Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson, and Atticus. He would be in Jem's room all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

  • (about Jem) You can pet him, Mr. Arthur. He's asleep. Couldn't if he was awake, though; he wouldn't let you. Go ahead.

  • (about Atticus) He liked Maycomb, he was Maycomb County born and bred; he knew his people, they knew him, and because of Simon Finch's industry, Atticus was related by blood and marriage to nearly every family in the town.
Dill Harris
  • I'm Charles Baker Harris. I can read. I can read anything you've got.

  • That wasn't it, he -- they just wasn't interested in me.

  • I'm little but I'm old.

  • Let's see the room that they locked Boo up in. My aunt says it's bat-infested, and he nearly died from the mildew. Come on. I bet they got chains and instruments of torture down there.
    Dolphus Raymond
    It ain't honest but it's mighty helpful to folks... you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want sto live.

    Sheriff Tate
    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.

    (describing Arthur 'Boo' Radley) Well, judgin' from his tracks, he's about six and a half feet tall. He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch. There's a long, jagged scar that runs all the way across his face. His teeth are yella and rotten. His eyes are popped. And he drools most of the time.