Remembering Author Harper Lee's Best Thoughts on Life
For the sake of ambling down memory lane, pause for a moment to remember your middle school English class. It's more likely than not that in that very classroom, you read the tale of Atticus Finch and young Scout, of racial injustice in the Deep South under the reign of Jim Crow laws, and of Mr. Boo Radley. In other words, you read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Published in 1960, it would quickly become (and continues to be) one of the most widely taught and universally read books by an American author. The book won Lee the Pulitzer Prize and garnered her instant literary celebrity that she mostly resisted, never publishing again until 2015's Go Set a Watchman, a book shrouded in mystery and controversy. Today, it was reported that Lee passed away at the age of 89 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
We look back at some of her most memorable quotes.
"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."
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."
"People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for."
"Atticus, he was real nice." "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."
"As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth."
"People in their right minds never take pride in their talents."
"Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
Read more of Lee's best quotes.
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