12 Great Quotes from Atticus Finch


1. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

2. Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.

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

4. You just hold your head high and keep those fists down.  No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat.

5. Try fighting with your head for a change.

6. It’s not okay to hate anybody.

7. A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.

8. There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.

9. When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake.

10. Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they’re not attracting attention with it.

11. Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.

12. I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see through it no matter what.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee


29 Comments on 12 Great Quotes from Atticus Finch

  1. Katharine Trauger
    February 4, 2013 at 8:07 am (8 years ago)

    You know, I always thought #6 read: “It’s okay not to hate anybody.”


    Thanks for setting me straight! 😉

  2. Caddo Veil
    February 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh I just LOVE this post, Sisters! I can’t count the many times I’ve watched the movie–Atticus is one of my personal heroes, and I love those kids too; you just knew they would grow up to be fine adults, like their dad. Thanks so much–God bless you–love, sis Caddo

    • Writing Sisters
      February 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm (8 years ago)

      It is a treasure. Harper Lee only wrote one book, but boy was it a good one.

      • Caddo Veil
        February 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm (8 years ago)

        And you know what? If I can ever finish my novel, that is surely my fond goal–one book, a good and memorable and meaningful one!! Pray for me? PS–thanks again so much for the Bible; adding it to my other daily Bible reading has deepened my understanding greatly–and the joy I’m experiencing is immeasurable! You are both my angels!

        • Writing Sisters
          February 5, 2013 at 11:39 am (8 years ago)

          We will pray for you! And, so glad you’re enjoying the chronological reading of God’s word

    • Writing Sisters
      February 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm (8 years ago)

      It is a treasure. Harper Lee only wrote one book, but boy was it a good one.

  3. Tracey
    February 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm (8 years ago)

    That last quote is my favorite from the book. It’s one I have referred back to many times in my life.

  4. Jeff
    February 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Excellent quotes!

  5. Uncle Tree
    February 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm (8 years ago)

    I love #12! 🙂 For often times the ‘brave’ look ‘stupid’, at first.
    Only in conclusion – will they earn the right to wear either badge.

  6. maddy
    March 12, 2013 at 5:04 am (8 years ago)

    thanks so much! Helped me heaps with my year 9 assessment essay! haha 🙂 x

    • Writing Sisters
      March 12, 2013 at 8:19 am (8 years ago)

      so glad – keep it up the good work!

  7. Mary Mathieson
    May 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm (7 years ago)

    I’d forgotten what an amazing character he was.

  8. janelily7
    May 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm (7 years ago)

    When a child asked a question, answer him, for goodness sake. The funny thing is, sometimes adults don’t know the answer, but the child does and is only testing them. I have five grandchildren. Clever little bugs they are. Young children of today are more intelligent. I put it all down to computers, ipods and the likes.

  9. Pat Dyer
    August 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm (7 years ago)

    I love this post. We just watched To Kill a Mockingbird a couple weeks ago. Hadn’t seen it for many years, and had read the book as a teenager. Good stuff!

  10. thelegacyoffaith
    December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Hello Ladies! Thanks for following! I appreciate the company 🙂 Number 9 is priceless…

  11. Bette A. Stevens
    December 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm (7 years ago)

    Great quotes! THANKS. Happy Holidays! ☺

  12. Teepee12
    December 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm (7 years ago)

    Gregory Peck really was Attitcus Finch. He was so much like the character he played, it stayed with him a lifetime.

  13. Mary Strong-Spaid
    December 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm (7 years ago)

    I was about the age of Atticus Finch’s daughter when I first saw “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
    I had a crush on Gregory Peck for quite a while after that. I also loved the movie “The Yearling.” A lot of emotional depth and wisdom in both of those movies….

    • Writing Sisters
      January 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Bette,
      That’s a book I have enjoyed rereading over the years. So much wisdom.
      Happy New Year

  14. truthofgods
    January 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you for the visit..May God bless you and your family..

  15. Bette A. Stevens
    January 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve just finished rereading To Kill a Mockingbird after 35 years. It was well worth the reread; in fact, I highly recommend it! I laughed and cried and remembered why everyone must read this story. Blessings, Bette

  16. Holly Michael
    January 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm (7 years ago)

    Love these quotes. Thanks for sharing them!

  17. nataliescarberry
    January 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm (7 years ago)

    I love this book! I taught it for many years and always looked forward to working with it again. Thanks for visiting my blog and for deciding to follow it. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Writing Sisters
      January 25, 2014 at 7:12 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks for commenting, Natalie. We love this book too.


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