Examples Of Quotes From To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a
Harper Lee

Life’s Little
Instruction Book “Keep a tight rim on your temper.”

You should not let every little thing bother you. When something really gets you mad, you should wait for the right time and place to express it. In other words, don’t fly off the handle. Take a deep breath and think before you speak.

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking”

Our reputation is what we get when people are watching us. They see what we do and make a decision about us from our actions. On the other hand, our character is who we are when no one is looking. If we continue to do what is right when no one is looking, then we have a good character. “When you can’t …show more content…

stop tormenting that man."
Atticus is telling the children to respect others’ privacy. It is rude to be noisy. It is also annoying if someone is always trying to pry into your life. "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!" This quote is from when Jem and Scout discover their father has hidden his secret talent of being the finest marksman in Maycomb County.
This teaches Jem and Scout humility. One should not go around boosting about what they can do. If you just be you, your talents will eventually shine and those who know you will see and know what your talents are. Miss Maudie explains in this passage how "people in their right minds never take pride in their talents".

Atticus stands alone at the jail to protect Tom Robinson from the lynch mob. Atticus takes on a fight he knows he has very little chance of winning because it is the right thing to do.
There are many different types of courage. When Atticus protects Tom Robinson from the mob, he displays how courage is not “a man with a gun in his hand.” Moral courage means sticking to your convictions. It is doing what is right even if it means going against everyone …show more content…

DuBose by ripping up her flowers (even though he was angry because she had made a nasty remark about Atticus), Atticus makes Jem spend time reading to her.
Atticus teaches the children to respect their elders, even if the elderly people are cranky and sometimes mean (such as Mrs. DuBose). It is only through this experience Jem learns Mrs. DuBose suffers from terrible pain and is fighting a drug addiction. By being forced to spend time with her, Jem learns to respect for Mrs. DuBose as she is fighting to die drug free. She decided to try to do what she felt was right, no matter how impossible it seemed or how painful it was, and shows the children the true meaning of bravery, which makes them respect her all the more.

“Shoot all the blue jays you want, but remember, it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
The lesson Atticus is teaching is to not harm the harmless. A mockingbird is described as a creature that does nothing but sing its heart out for everyone and that is why it would be wrong to kill a mockingbird. The mockingbird symbolizes both Boo Radley and Tom Robinson as Boo Radley has done nothing but help and give presents to Jem and Scout. Scout realizes it would be wrong to take Boo Radley to court for murdering Bob Ewell because all Boo was trying to do was protect them. Tom Robinson is also a mockingbird as he did nothing but help the Ewell family. In spite of his help, he was still taken to court for a crime he didn't even

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