Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favourite novels. This story has captured the hearts of thousands of readers around the world. It illuminates the culture, attitudes, values and beliefs in America in the 1960s and mirrors the social change that was unfolding in a tale that seeks to morally educate and challenge readers.
I quickly became attached to Atticus Finch, the moral backbone of the novel. A few of his words particularly resonated with me. Here are seven pearls of wisdom from Atticus:
1. ‘The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.’
2. ‘Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.‘
3. ‘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.’
4. ‘People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.’
5. ‘Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.’
6. ‘The best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.’
7. ‘You just hold your head high and keep those fists down…Try fighting with your head for a change.‘
If you have not already read To Kill A Mockingbird, I strongly suggest you take the holiday season as an opportunity to do so. You will not regret it.
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