When you think of American literature, what classic writers come to mind? Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, or Robert Frost? How about Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, or F. Scott Fitzgerald? Looking back to your experience in your high school English class or even taking a college course on these timeless classic authors, you will be left with an impression from a piece of writing in some form - whether it be a poetic piece or an everlasting novel. For me, I look back to an old classic tale set in Maycomb, Alabama where prominent and fair lawyer Atticus Finch and his venturesome children Jem and Scout, learn about the trials of life and the understanding of empathy. If you're thinking of the 1960's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" you would be correct. This novel has struck a chord with me since my ninth grade English class at Cherokee High School; to this day the novel forces you to open your eyes to the realities of hatred, prejudices, and most importantly putting humanity above all else.
"The book to read is not one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think." - Harper Lee.
I could not agree more with this quote by Harper Lee, the author of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". Not only do I recommend you read this book in your lifetime (or even re-read it again at some point) but hopefully these 16 quotes directly from the book will make you want to pick up the quintessential all-American story and cause you to think about the relevance to life it had years ago, life today, and for many years to come. More importantly, the lessons learned and the quotes given should have taught us these lessons even though we continue to see these awful practices mentioned above, nowadays. We should strive to abide by the wisdom this book provides us.