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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee death being mourned by the world: Top Harper Lee quotes

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee death being mourned by the world: Top Harper Lee quotes

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee death being mourned by the world: Top Harper Lee quotes

The whole world seems to be in mourning at the moment. Author of books like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Go Set a Watchman’ she breathed her last at the age of 89.

While she has authored other books too, she will be remembered for her top selling book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Tens of millions of copies of the book were sold and it remains a must for anyone who wants to study American literature.

There are many who have read this book dozens of times and have watched the film based on the book half a dozen time.

The book “To Kill A Mockingbird” is about racial injustice in a small town in the American south. Lee died on Friday and her agent said that she died in peace in the presence of her relatives and friends. The mayor’s office in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama and her publisher, Harper Collins announced she was dead.

In an interview she said she was never sure of the success of the book and was concerned how much she will be attacked by reviewers for her views. Born Nelle Harper Lee on April 38, 1926, her first book “To Kill A Mockingbird” came out in 1960 and was a huge critical and commercial success. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck. Lee did not release another novel until last year, when “Go Set A Watchman”, which purports to be a sequel, but has its iconic characters in atypical representations. Research had showed it was actually a first draft.

Top Harper Lee quotes

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth.” — a 2006 letter to an eight year-old boy

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“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, To Kill a Mockingbird
“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” — Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

“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, To Kill a Mockingbird
“It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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