A moment in memoriam


I have read To Kill a Mockingbird every three years since the fifth grade; and yet, I don’t consider myself qualified enough to speak on the life of Harper Lee. I did, however, provide a quote for one of my favorite writers Herb Benham for this week’s Bakersfield Californian:

“I was Scout when I read it in fifth grade and Jem when I read it in ninth. I had a teenage crush on Atticus when I read it in college and fell in love with my husband the first time we read it together. I go back to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ again and again because I gain insight into the world I’m living in at that moment: what’s good, what’s evil and what matters.”

I’ll let the novel speak for itself. A few of my favorite quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird:

“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time. It’s because he wants to stay inside.”

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”

“I never loved reading until I feared I would lose it. One does not love breathing.”

I hope you’re reading something worthwhile today. A few links on Harper Lee from the pros:

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