You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don't already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.
"Yes sir, a clown," he said. "There ain't one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off." "You've got it backwards, Dill," said Jem. "Clowns are sad, it's folks that laugh at them."
As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it — whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.
If we followed our feelings all the time we'd be like cats chasin' their tails.
"Atticus, he was real nice..." His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."