QUOTES ABOUT RACISM IN TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

“I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” – Atticus Finch

“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.” – Miss Maudie Atkinson

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Atticus Finch

“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 see it through no matter what.” – Atticus Finch

“The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.” – Atticus Finch

“Are we going to let this Negro get away with assaulting a white woman?” – Bob Ewell

“The witnesses for the state… Have presented themselves to you gentlemen, to this court, in the cynical confidence that their testimony would not be doubted.” – Atticus Finch

“In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.” – Atticus Finch

“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.” – Atticus Finch

“It’s not time to worry yet.” – Atticus Finch

“There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads – they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins.” – Atticus Finch

“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.” – Atticus Finch

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

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” – Scout Finch

“She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man.” – Atticus Finch QUOTES ABOUT WANTING DIFFERENT THINGS IN A RELATIONSHIP

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

“The evil assumption—that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women.” – Atticus Finch

“The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence to the effect that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place.” – Atticus Finch

“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” – Atticus Finch

“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other?” – Scout Finch

“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.” – Atticus Finch

“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 Finch

“I’m simply defending a Negro—his name is Tom Robinson.” – Atticus Finch

“Things haven’t caught up with that one’s instinct yet. Let him get a little older and he won’t get sick and cry. Maybe things’ll strike him as being—not quite right, say, but he won’t cry, not when he gets a few years on him.” – Miss Maudie Atkinson

“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” – Atticus Finch

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” – Judge Taylor

“Some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.” – Atticus Finch

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” – Scout Finch