Tuesday, May 10, 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird

That is a mockingbird. I really didn't know what one looked like.

I thought I didn't like this book. I don't know why. Heather kept telling me it was her favorite. I must have had some bad memory of it from high school or something, but I finally gave it another chance a couple of months ago because my local book club was reading it and I wanted to participate. I love it. It is so good. I could go on forever about why I love it, but I won't.

Here are a few of my fave quotes.

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions...

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." ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 11, spoken by the character Atticus

"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." ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 11, spoken by the character Atticus

"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." ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 16, spoken by the character Atticus

"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

That is all for today


Carl and Lia said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that book! The movie is good as well...it stays pretty true to the story (the one with Gregory Peck)

Trishelle said...

Very worthy shout-out indeed! To Kill A Mockingbird teaches universal truths that can change everyone who reads it. And isn't Atticus one of noblest, most benevolent literary characters of all time?!

Laura Dawn said...

I watched that movie for one of my classes Fall Semester of last year. I cried...ever since then I have wanted to read the book. Thanks for posting this and your favorite quotes. :)

Gabrielle said...

Oh I can't believe you thought you didn't like it! It is one of my YEARLY reads!

Maila said...

It is one of my favorite book:D It is so good to see pictures of your family. Love you!