Like many others, I was sad to hear of the passing of Harper Lee on Friday evening. To Kill A Mockingbird is my absolute favourite book, it gave me my love of reading and opened me up to the world of literature, and the power a good book can have to completely transport you into a different world.
I think anyone who has read this book likes it and relates to it on one level or another. I read it for the first time as part of my school English curriculum, and as a young teenager, there was so much that wise Atticus (or Harper) taught me.
Since then I’ve read this book at lease ten times more. I revisit it every few years, and decided once again to revisit it on Friday evening. This copy of the book is my original copy from school, so it’s almost twenty years old now (shudder!). It also still has all my original notes for exams, highlighted paragraphs and underlined quotes!
I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes with you all this Monday morning, to honour Harper Lee’s memory, and inspire some positive thoughts for the week ahead. It’s also my way of thanking her for giving me my love of reading and writing. I, and I’m sure many others, will forever be indebted to her for this profound and life changing work of literature.
‘People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for’.
‘It was at times like these that I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived’.
‘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’.
‘I do my best to love everybody’.
‘I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks’.
‘I wanted 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’.