Best Quotes from Harper Lee

By | February 29, 2016

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

Harper Lee

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Harper Lee

The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.

Harper Lee

I never expected any sort of success with ‘Mockingbird’… I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.

Harper Lee

The tradition of the South is not urban… I think we are a region of storytellers, naturally, just from our tribal instincts. We did not have the pleasures of the theater or the dance, motion pictures when they came along. We simply entertain each other by talking.

Harper Lee

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Harper Lee

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

Harper Lee

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.

Harper Lee

I would like to be the chronicler of something that I think is going down the drain very swiftly, and that is small-town, middle-class southern life.

Harper Lee

I’m a slow worker; I’m, I think, a steady worker.

Harper Lee

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

Harper Lee

Well, they’re Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn’t dream of interrupting you at golf.

Harper Lee

This was life in the ’30s. This is the way it was with children in the South. I tried to make it general, the kind of things that might happen to any child.

Harper Lee

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.

Harper Lee

It was something I never expected to – I never expected the book would sell in the first place. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers.

Harper Lee

You’ve really got to start hitting the books because it’s no joke out here.

Harper Lee

Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Harper Lee

Folks don’t like to have somebody around knowing more than they do.

Harper Lee

From childhood on, I did sit in the courtroom watching my father argue cases and talk to juries.

Harper Lee

I hoped to be able to write a novel which would enable me to live on it while I wrote the next.

Harper Lee

It is all fiction, only autobiographical in the sense it is about a small town. None of the incidents in the book ever happened to me as a child. I didn’t have an eventful childhood.

Harper Lee

I have no time to think about other writers. I am too busy with my own problems.

Harper Lee

In that film, the man and the part met. As far as I’m concerned, that part is Greg’s for life. I’ve had many, many offers to turn it into musicals, into TV or stage plays, but I’ve always refused.

Harper Lee

My daddy had a pocket watch that he wore at all times in court. I gave Greg the watch and showed him how Daddy used to use it.

Harper Lee

So many writers don’t like to write… I like to write, and sometimes I’m afraid I like it too much, because when I get into work, I don’t want to leave it. And as a result, I’ll go for days and days and days without leaving my house.

Harper Lee

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