In Remembrance of a Great American Author

Story by: Libby Sullivan, Business Manager

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

American novelist Harper Lee passed away on Feb. 19 at the age of 89. Her rise to fame began soon after her first novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” reached bookstore shelves. The novel sold over 10 million copies and with the movie adaptation starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Her fame only grew along with the anticipation for her to publish her next book. Fans waited and waited, and after half a century, Lee finally delivered her second and final novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”

In order to remember Lee and the life lessons her novels brought us, take a look at six of Lee’s most life-changing quotes from her books.

  1. “You can never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it,” – “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
  2. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re kicked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what,” – “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
  3. “As sure as time, history is repeating itself, and as sure as man is man, history is the last place he’ll look for his lesson,” – “Go Set a Watchman.”
  4. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing,” – “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
  5. “Don’t you study about other folks’s business till you take care of your own,” – “Go Set a Watchman.”
  6. “I was taught never to take advantage of anybody who was less fortunate than myself, whether he be less fortunate in brains, wealth, or social position; it meant anybody,” – “Go Set a Watchman.”