TKAM Quotes and their Themes

“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.” (Chapter 3) Growing up & understanding, empathy, diversity& different people, education, good, human dignity
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” (Chapter 2) SHE HAS NEVER CONSIDERED IT TO BE A PRIVILEGED BUT SOMETHING SHE NEEDSEducation, age and knowledge
“Nickels and dimes were hard to come by” (Scout, Chapter 2) The Great Depression, wealth, place in society
“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.” (Chapter 11, Atticus) Bravery, boundaries
“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.”Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.” (Chapter 10) Good, evil, human dignity, racism and discrimination, growing up, education, tolerance/intolerance
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” (Chapter 11) Good, Evil, and Human Dignity, Courage
“Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.”(Chapter 25) Good, Evil, and Human Dignity, Prejudice, Small Town Southern Life, racism, courage, hope
“Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (Chapter 31) Growing up, understanding, empathy, prejudice,
” “Atticus, he was real nice. . . .””Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.” He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night…” (Chapter 31) Good, Evil, and Human Dignity, Growing Up, prejudice, family, innocence, courage
“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” (Chapter 11) Courage and bravery, respect, growing up
“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.” (Chapter 11)”Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” (Chapter 9) Courage and bravery
“There’s four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind, like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes.” (Jem)”Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks” (Scout) “If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? ..Why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something…” (Chapter 23) Society, education, growing up & understanding, equality, different people, social class and categorization.
” I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time . . . it’s because he wants to stay inside.” (Jem, Chapter 23) Society, education, growing up & understanding, different people
“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. ” (Atticus, Chapter 11) Respect, tolerance/intolerance, bravery & courage, good & evil
“When it is a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man will always win” (Chapter 23) Society, reality, racism, prejudice, good and evil
“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.” (Scout [about Dill] Chapter 12) Maturity, family, childhood, innocence
“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you” (Atticus, Chapter 8) Bravery & courage, prejudice, society
“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.” (Calpurnia, Chapter 21) Respect, maturity
“It’s not time to worry yet” (Atticus, Chapter 11) FORESHADOWING!!!Hope, bravery, society, knowledge and understanding
“She seemed glad to see me when I appeared in the kitchen, and by watching her I began to think there was some skill involved in being a girl.” (Scout[about Calpurnia] Chapter 12) Sexism, influence of society, prejudice, growing up, innocence
“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.” (Atticus, Chapter 16) CHILDREN PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLESociety, innocence, racism, good and evil, courage
“The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow” (Atticus, Chapter 23) RACE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN JUSTCE AND LAWLaw, racism, courage, innocence
“Some Negroes lie, are immoral, and cannot 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’ dury speech, Chapter 20) Courage, Highlighting racism, prejudice, society
“Atticus said Calpurnia had more education than most coloured folks” (Chapter 3) Racism, education
“Hush your mouth!… Don’t let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you so high and mighty!” (Calpurnia, Chapter 3) Authority, contrasting ideas to superiority, prejudice, Calpurnia knows how it feels, family
“Don’t say hey to me you ugly girl” (Mrs Dubose, Chapter 11) Society’s expectations, intolerance
“Overnight, it seemed Jem had acquired an alien set of valves and was trying to impose them on me” (Scout, Chapter 12) Growing up, innocence, change
“Women aren’t allowed on the jury because they are so delicate and fragile for the affairs of the court” (

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