Mr Holford's site for English

Classic Quotes

To Kill a Mockingbird

One of the most widely read novels of the 20th century

This is the place for you to include quotations that you think are really significant. They can be:

  • Famous: ‘To be, or not to be: that is the question:’ Hamlet act 3, sc. 1, l. 56 by William Shakespeare
  • Significant: ‘Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.’ Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Scary: ‘Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my pistol!’ Hermann Goering
  • Random: ‘And so to bed.’ Diary, 20 April 1660 by Samuel Pepys

Tell us where they are from, and why you think they are noteworthy.

My current favourite is:

“Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mum do the dishes.” P.J. O’Rourke, All the Trouble in the World: The lighter side of famine, pestilence, destruction and death (Sydney, Picador, 1994), 9.



  1. “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.”
    Mark Twain

    Comment by Sophia Thatcher — September 14, 2011 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  2. There is sufficiency in the world for man’s need, but not for man’s greed.

    Mohandas K. Ghandi

    Comment by Sophia Thatcher — June 9, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  3. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

    Comment by Weeny Morton — June 5, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  4. There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

    Comment by Brianna — June 1, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  5. If you can’t find anything to die for, find something to live for!

    Comment by Sophia Thatcher — May 31, 2011 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  6. “Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth.”
    Mark Twain

    Comment by Morgan Hyatt — May 31, 2011 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  7. ‘Friendship is born when one says to another “What? You too?” “I thought I was the only one!”‘ – C.S Lewis
    I like this quote because it always makes me smile.

    Comment by Bec Waters 9 — May 30, 2011 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  8. “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
    — Dodie Smith (I Capture the Castle)

    Comment by Weeny Morton — May 28, 2011 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  9. A person is a person no matter how small

    By Dr Seuss

    Comment by Skye Ramsay — May 26, 2011 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  10. “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and I have found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me” – Charles Darwin

    Mr Holford, this is NOT meant to be a good quote. I just thought it was hilarious.
    No, here is my actual quote:

    “One man’s daydreaming is another man’s novel.” – Grey Livingston

    Comment by Weeny Morton — May 24, 2011 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  11. I’m not entirely sure if this is actually a quote but I think it is. Anyway I’m going to put it up.

    Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
    By Helen Keller

    Comment by Brianna — May 24, 2011 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

    • I’m not familiar with Helen Keller’s writing, but according to you’re pretty close: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” (Helen Keller)
      The best thing is to contribute a quotation for which you know the source. For example: “I am that merry wanderer of the night” – Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare.
      A lot of people would recognise that as a classic quote.

      Comment by peterholford — May 24, 2011 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  12. The road to success is always under construction
    Lily Tomlin

    Comment by Skye Ramsay — May 23, 2011 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  13. ” there is no such thing as boredom, just lack of interest.”
    From Around My Kitchen Table book
    from anonymous author

    Comment by Skye Ramsay — May 23, 2011 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  14. When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”
    ~ Sydney J. Harris.

    Comment by Alison Cala — May 19, 2011 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  15. A quote by Justin Bieber:
    Never Say Never!!!

    Comment by Morgan Hyatt — May 19, 2011 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

    • It’s a good saying, but I just wonder if JB was the first person to say it!

      Comment by peterholford — May 20, 2011 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  16. Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures

    Comment by Amy Byrnes — May 19, 2011 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  17. good friends are like stars you don’t always see them but you know they are always there.

    Comment by Skye Ramsay — May 19, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • Good one, but who said it? Nice link to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

      Comment by peterholford — May 20, 2011 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  18. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
    Francis Bacon

    “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
    Audrey Hepburn

    “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the “”Titanic”” who waved off the dessert cart.”
    Erma Louise Bombeck

    These are three very inspirational and true quotes.

    Comment by Katie Cannington — May 19, 2011 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  19. Flying is learning how to through yourself at the ground and miss…
    By anonymous

    Comment by Sophia Thatcher — May 19, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

    • Did you mean “throw yourself”?

      Comment by peterholford — May 20, 2011 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

      • yes sorry!

        Comment by Sophia Thatcher — May 30, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  20. Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.

    Comment by kate Ryan — May 18, 2011 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

    • thats by Dean Acheson

      Comment by kate Ryan — May 19, 2011 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  21. “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”

    By Dr Seuss

    Comment by Skye Ramsay — May 18, 2011 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  22. If you can’t find anything to die for, find something to live for 😀

    Comment by Sophia Thatcher — April 6, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  23. ‘Wherever you are in the world, I will be there to guide you’

    I can’t remember who said this but my mum told me it one night when I was in hospital.

    Comment by catriona Graham — September 5, 2010 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  24. “Life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.”

    -Lillian Dickson

    Comment by Phoebe Parry — August 9, 2010 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  25. You know how all the elections have been going on and they have been being rude about Tony Abbots budgie smugglers here is the saying ro prove it is okay to be fit.

    ‘A fit Body contributes to afit mind’
    I created it myself

    Comment by Georgia White — July 29, 2010 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

    • Good one. Bonus credit for coming up with something original!

      Comment by peterholford — July 29, 2010 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  26. “What matters most is how you see yourself”
    Artist unknown

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — July 29, 2010 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  27. “she who angers you conquers you”

    – Juno Temple

    Comment by Chrisy — July 1, 2010 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  28. ” the world is coming to an end we’re all going to be dead!!!!!
    D-E-D-D, DEAD!”

    – Bill (the Goodies)

    Comment by Chrisy — July 1, 2010 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  29. “Age will not weary them, but it sure will slow them down.”
    (Telegraph Newspaper)

    I think that this quote is quite funny.

    Comment by shannon — June 27, 2010 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

    • Good one, Shannon. What are you reading these holidays? Have you finished The Adoration of Jenna Fox?

      Comment by peterholford — June 27, 2010 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  30. The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
    by buddha

    Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
    by buddha

    i like these quotes because there sort of true in some ways.. 🙂

    Comment by jasmine bazzica — June 10, 2010 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  31. “To be or not too be, that is the question”
    By William Shakespeare

    I like this quote because it makes you see now questions, and too acknowledge that , well, there is another way you could do something, there isn’t always one path too walk

    Comment by Catriona — June 7, 2010 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  32. a woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea

    Comment by millie wiggins — June 7, 2010 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  33. My quote today is: “Hatred is like fire; it makes even light rubbish deadly.” George Eliot.

    Comment by Shannon — June 5, 2010 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  34. 1.You only live once but if you do it right once is enough.

    2.A man who dares to waste one hour of times has not discovered the value of life.
    Charles Darwin

    3.Life is like ridding a bicycle, if you want to see as much as you can just keep ridding and don’t stop to get off.

    Comment by Laura Brown (LOZ) — June 4, 2010 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  35. These next quotes are from the ghostgirl book and some could be song lyrics.

    The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.-Oscar Wilde

    I was one to the world, but my dream was to be the world to one.-gg

    How can you see into my eyes like open doors leadingyou down into my core where i have become so numb without a soul my spirit sleeping somewhere cold until you find it there and lead it back home.-Evanscence

    all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.-Edgar Allan Poe

    A ghost is someone who hasn’t made it.-Sylvia Browne

    And there was a beautiful veiw but nobody could see. ‘Cause everybody on the island was saying: look at me! look at me!-Laurie Anderson

    The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.-Virginia Woolf

    Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated-Johnny Rotten

    My one regret in life is that i am not someone else-Woody Allen

    MY favouurite
    Dreams always come true. It might not be in you lifetime, but they’ll happen….-gg

    Comment by Georgia White — June 4, 2010 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  36. ‘Make each day your masterpiece’- John Wooden

    I found this in a notebook/diary thing I have for the Fiji trip

    Comment by Phoebe Parry — June 4, 2010 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  37. “It is not necessarily those lands which are the most fertile or most favored climate that seem to me the happiest, but those in which a long stroke of adaptation between man and his environment has brought out the best qualities of both.”
    T.S Elliot

    Comment by catriona Graham — June 3, 2010 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  38. “He does it with a better grace. But I do it more natural”
    By William Shakespeare

    Comment by catriona Graham — June 3, 2010 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  39. “I never think about the future. It comes soon enough”
    by Albert Einstein

    Comment by catriona Graham — June 3, 2010 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  40. “when all is lost, the future still remains”
    by Christian Nestell Bovee

    Comment by catriona Graham — June 3, 2010 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  41. Miss Jane Marples quote:
    ” The young people think that the old people are fools, but the old people know the young people are fools ”
    Thanks 🙂

    Comment by Kayla Wicks — May 31, 2010 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  42. I think that it means that if you are a coward you will get picked on more than if you were “out there”.

    Comment by shannon — May 29, 2010 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  43. A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Comment by shannon — May 27, 2010 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

    • So what do you think this really means? Does it mean, for example, that if you are not a coward, people are less likely to argue with you?

      Comment by peterholford — May 28, 2010 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  44. The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.

    It sometimes feels like a strange movie, you know, it’s all so weird that sometimes I wonder if it is really happening.

    the first one is really true
    and the second quote is sometimes true

    Comment by jasmine bazzica — May 26, 2010 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  45. Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep… wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you’ re just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have YOU… The one who turns to his friends and says, thats her..

    Comment by Holly McDonald — May 24, 2010 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

    • I can’t possibly comment … but it would be good to know who said this. I know you’ve given the source, but who first said these words?

      Comment by peterholford — May 26, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  46. True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

    Comment by Holly McDonald — May 24, 2010 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  47. The last three were from:
    and the first one was from:

    Comment by shannon — May 21, 2010 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  48. My quotes of the day are:

    “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”
    – Jimi Hendrix

    “Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on, for it won’t be long, ’til I’m going to need somebody to lean on.”
    – “Lean On Me”

    “God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”
    – Mother Teresa

    “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
    – Mother Teresa

    Comment by shannon — May 21, 2010 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  49. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”

    “People fear death even more then pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over.

    these are some of my fave quotes by jim morrison (the singer of the doors)

    Comment by jasmine bazzica — May 20, 2010 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    • Fascinating quotes – lots to think about in those. I like them.

      Comment by peterholford — May 20, 2010 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  50. dont worry, be happy

    this is areally good thing to to

    Comment by jasmine bazzica — May 20, 2010 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  51. My quote of the day is:
    “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”
    – Walt Disney

    Comment by shannon — May 20, 2010 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  52. NOTES before quotes: Ian Calder is a famous artist, Iadore his wors. He was being interviewed in Oz when he made this comment…..

    REPORTER;’ So Mr Calder how do you know when one of your sculptures is finished?
    IAN CALDER:’When it’s dinner time’

    Comment by Bella — May 19, 2010 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  53. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
    – Anais Nin

    Comment by Eliza Pitt — May 19, 2010 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  54. Friedrich von Schiller:
    If you want to study yourself — look into the hearts of other people. If you want to study other people — look into your own heart

    Comment by Ella Tindal — May 17, 2010 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  55. My quote of the day is:
    “Revenge is a kind of wild justice.”
    —Francis Bacon, 1635

    Comment by shannon — May 16, 2010 @ 10:57 am | Reply

  56. ‘smiling may you go,and smiling come again’
    from a rose for the anzac boys

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — May 13, 2010 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  57. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
    -William Butler Yeats

    Comment by Eliza Pitt — May 10, 2010 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  58. I came, I saw, I conquered
    -Julius Caesar

    Comment by Eliza Pitt — May 10, 2010 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  59. “It always seems impossible until its done.”
    – Nelson Mandela

    I like this quote because it tells you that nothing is impossible.

    Comment by shannon — May 9, 2010 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  60. “Where ever you are, don’t matter how far
    I am always with you, And that is true”
    I made this one up!!

    Comment by Bec Waters 8 — May 9, 2010 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  61. Another qoute that I like is:
    “wheather you think you can or wheather you think you can’t, your right.”
    – Henery Ford.

    I like this one because it shows you that whaterver you think is right in your mind.

    Comment by shannon — May 7, 2010 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  62. I think that this quote is really funny.
    “A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.”
    – Old New York Proverb

    Comment by shannon — May 7, 2010 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  63. “It’s never too late to become the
    person you might have been.”
    – George Elliot

    Comment by Rebecca Waters 8 — May 5, 2010 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

    • I like it. Where did you find it?

      Comment by peterholford — May 5, 2010 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

      • on igoogle

        Comment by Rebecca Waters 8 — May 7, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

      • i google

        Comment by Bec Waters 8 — May 9, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  64. Mr Holford you stole my quote, when I saw Brigitte’s quote I thought of that one as I won the “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily” award in year 5. I suppose I can forgive you though. Ha Ha.

    Comment by shannon — May 5, 2010 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  65. “Do it heartily and unto god.” this is the quote in the school chapel

    Comment by brigitte — May 4, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

    • Hi Brigitte – this is an excellent and very appropriate quote. I’ll add some detail from the school website:
      The school motto Quodcumque facitis ex animo operamini comes from the Bible (Colossians 3:23), where the translation reads “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily.”
      Whenever you quote someone or something, it’s good to add any supporting detail you’re aware of, but it’s important that you’ve noticed it in chapel. It is also under the school crest and (consequently) on the cover of your year book!

      Comment by peterholford — May 4, 2010 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  66. i like this quote.
    ‘No matter where you are in this world, under a tree, behind a rock or in Buckingham Palice, I’ll be there watching you, seeing you grow and learn, success and smile, but remember, when you need me through the times you need me most, I’ll be sitting there next too you, your shoulder too cry on’
    Its a long one, but nice

    Comment by catriona Graham — April 30, 2010 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

    • Where is it from? Who wrote it?

      Comment by peterholford — April 30, 2010 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

      • i have no idea, I think i read it either in a book somewhere, or It was just one of those random quotes

        Comment by catriona Graham — May 1, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  67. A friend will come and bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting right next to you saying “We stuffed up but we had fun”

    Comment by Sophie M Yr 8A — April 30, 2010 @ 9:57 am | Reply

    • This made me laugh out loud – I hope this isn’t from your own experience!

      Comment by peterholford — April 30, 2010 @ 10:29 am | Reply

      • ha ha, that happened in a detention with me and a friend

        Comment by catriona Graham — May 1, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  68. The Quote is by Albert Einstien and it is my favourite.
    “Imagination is more important than knowledge”

    Comment by Georgia White 8A — April 29, 2010 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • I like it. Albert Einstein had some good things to say. Here’s a funny one:
      “If A is a success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

      Comment by peterholford — April 29, 2010 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

      • “families are like stars you don’t always see them but they are there”
        I like that one!!!

        By the way that was way too much maths!!!
        but it is so true
        Mr H!!!

        Comment by Rebecca Waters 8 — April 30, 2010 @ 8:13 am

  69. Leo Buscaglia, PhD – the author of books such as Living, Loving and Learning and Born for Love, renowned lecturer, and University of Southern California professor – touched untold numbers with his insights into how we seek happiness and create loving relationships. (I found this on a website as I only new the poem –

    Comment by Shannon — April 25, 2010 @ 11:57 am | Reply

    • Well you learn something new every day! Good to see that you have provided the source of the information. Well done.

      Comment by peterholford — April 26, 2010 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  70. This is one of my favourite quotes, ” A single rose can be my garden,…a single friend, my world.” By Leo Buscaglia.

    I like this quote because it shows you how much friendship means to people.

    Comment by Shannon — April 24, 2010 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

    • Great quote – very thoughtful and powerful. I don’t know Leo Buscaglia. Is he a poet? What else did he write?

      Comment by peterholford — April 24, 2010 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

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