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Quotes by Harper Lee

  • American novelist
  • Born April 28, 1926
  • Died February 19, 2016

Nelle Harper Lee (April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016) was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. Immediately successful, it won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Additionally, Lee received numerous honorary degrees, though she declined to speak on those occasions. She was also known for assisting her close friend Truman Capote in his research for the book In Cold Blood (1966).


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.




Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.


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


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




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




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.




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.




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.




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




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




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




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




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




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



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