In Honor of Harper Lee

Thank you Harper Lee (1926-2016)
for your words, for your brilliance, and your infinite legacy!
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Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

 

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

 


Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

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How has Harper Lee inspired you?

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36 thoughts on “In Honor of Harper Lee

  1. I was a young kid when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. I was the kid who always spoke up when I thought things were unjust from a human/heart perspective. My Mom will attest to the many times she was called in to the office but I wouldn’t let it go “that it just wasn’t right” lol. For me this book was speaking up when it is uncomfortable, even when the majority isn’t speaking the same words. It was about doing the right thing. Such a gift Harper Lee left us. One I am so grateful for.

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  4. Rest in peace Harper Lee, and thank you for one of the true great classics of the 20th century, and your courage and wisdom. I will never forget my experience reading “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and was also quite pleased with “Go Set A Watchman”.

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  5. TKAM was always my favorite novel to teach. So much to discuss. Its relevancy continues to today. “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think.” (Harper Lee) Her legacy.
    Thanks for the post. She deserves the honor.

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  6. What an amazing lady she was to write such a book. Some writers achieve fame by writing many books, but she did it all in one. “To Kill A Mockingbird” will forever remain a timeless classic.

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  7. I’ve only seen the film with Peck as Atticus and, as one commenter here has said, Atticus changed my life. I must read the book, to see if the movie lived up to it. The movie certainly had a great impact on me.

    As for the quote

    The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

    , well, I’m not so sure about that…mob rule…politics and politicians…war, and so on. Often we disregard our conscience if we feel truly threatened. Or maybe I misunderstand the quote.

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    • That may be true for people’s “actions” but I think many times people act against there own “conscience.” This leads to a lot of shame, guilt, and personal resentment, because truly the conscience never abided. Fear (which peer/media pressure plays into) may cause us to act against our nature.

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  9. She still is on my To Read list. A shame since I spent two years in Tuscalooser, Alabamer…
    15 years after Gov’nr Wallace’s “Stand in the school room door”. I stood outside that very door, and tried to imagine Wallace, the two “coloured” students and the National guard. Pffff. Heavy vibes. 🙂
    RIP Miss Lee.

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  10. Harper Lee was a talented author with a gift for writing. I read her book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and was both amazed and touched by her work. It will always remain one of my favorites.

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