To Kill a Mockingbird – Part 2 Quotes

Jem to Scout “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?”
Miss Maudie to Jem and Scout “I thought, Atticus Finch won’t win, he can’t win, but he’s the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step – it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.”
Mrs. Farrow to the ladies at the tea “Looks like we’re fighting a losing battle…It doesn’t matter to ’em one bit. We can educate ’em till we’re blue in the face, we can try till we drop to make Christians out of ’em, but there’s no lady safe in her bed these nights.”
Reverend Sykes to Scout “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.'”
Judge Taylor “You’re left-handed, Mr. Ewell.”
Atticus to Mayella “It’s an easy question Miss Mayella, so I’ll try again. Do you remember him beating you about the face?”
Scout to Arthur “Hey, Boo.”
Atticus to Jem “They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it – seems that only children weep.”
Dill to Scout “The way that man called him ‘boy’ all the time an’ sneered at him, an’ looked around at the jury every time he answered…It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ’em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that-it just makes me sick.”
Tom Robinson to Horace Gilmer “Yes suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ’em—”
Miss Gates to the Class “Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced. Prejudice. There are no better people in the world than the Jews, and why Hitler doesn’t think so is a mystery to me.”
Aunt Alexandra to Scout “The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he’ll never be like Jem. Besides, there’s a drinking streak in that family a mile wide. Finch women aren’t interested in that sort of people.”
Judge Taylor to the Courtroom “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for, and they have the right to subject their children to it.”
Miss Maudie to Mrs. Merriweather “His food doesn’t stick going down, does it?”
Mrs. Merriweather to the Ladies at the Tea “‘Sophy,’ I said, ‘you simply are not being a Christian today. Jesus Christ never went around grumbling and complaining,’ and you know, it did her good. She took her eyes off that floor and said, ‘Nome, Miz Merriweather, Jesus never went around grumblin’.’ I tell you, Gertrude, you never ought to let an opportunity go by to witness for the Lord.”
Scout to the Reader “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.”
Atticus to Scout about Hitler “It’s not okay to hate anybody.”
Alexandra to Atticus “I don’t like it Atticus, I don’t like it at all. That man seems to have a running grudge against everyone connected with the case. I know how that kind are about paying off grudges, but I don’t understand why he should harbor one-he had his way in court, didn’t he?”
Atticus to Alexandra and Calpurnia “Tom’s dead. He was running. It was during their exercise period. They said he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over. Right in front of them-“
Atticus to the Jury (Verbal Irony) “This case is as simple as black and white.”
Atticus to the Jury (Ethos) “In this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”
Scout to Walter’s Dad “Hi Mr. Cunningham, say hi to Walter for me would you?”

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