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Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird, passed away today at age 89 in her Alabama native, leaving behind a legacy of tolerance that still rings with relevancy today. Her beloved 1960 debut novel centered on challenging issues, like rape and racism, inspired by the injustices Lee witnessed firsthand as a child. After decades of silence and ensuring she’d never release another book, Lee finally published her highly anticipated follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, in 2015, which was met with mixed reviews.
In remembrance of Lee’s literary import, we’ve selected a few of our favorite quotes, all highlighting just how wise and empathic the late novelist really was. Write any number of these on a post-it, slap it on your office desk and greatly improve your mediocre day.
“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.”
“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”