Today we all woke up to the sad news that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird passed away at the age of 89. Her 1961 novel about small-town lawyer Atticus Finch’s battle to save the life of a black resident threatened by a racist mob, became a national institution and a defining text on the racial troubles in the deep south. If it’s a book you haven’t read since middle school – I suggest fixing that today.
Lee also released her second novel last year, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, Go Set a Watchman.

To pay tribute to her work and words of wisdom, here are 10 quotes from the late 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.”

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

“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.”

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

‘”Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “‘Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy.'”

“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.”

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”

“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.”

“Things are never as bad as they seem.”

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