Harper Lee
Quotations


The one thing that doesnít abide by majority rule is a personís conscience.

Folks donít like to have somebody around knowiní more than they do. It aggravates Ďem. Youíre not gonna change any of them by talkiní right, theyíve got to want to learn themselves, and when they donít want to learn thereís nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.

Iím no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system -- that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.

As you grow older, youíll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and donít you forget it -- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.



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