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The Most Profound Musings of Harper Lee

 Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. Her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960, turned Lee into a literary celebrity and won her a Pulitzer Prize. Despite the book’s huge success, Harper Lee never published another novel in her lifetime. In 2015, long after the public had given up on seeing anything more from her, a manuscript which she had submitted in 1957, before To Kill A Mockingbird, and was thought to be lost had resurfaced mysteriously. It was published a year later under the title Go Set a Watchman. Many years after Lee became a household name, she would say straightforwardly that the success of her first novel overwhelmed her, making it impossible for her to write a follow-up book. 

And To Kill A Mockingbird indeed was, and still is, a phenomenon. Its enduring success was unprecedented. Only a week after its publication, the novel jumped to the top of the best-seller list and remained there for 88 weeks. It was translated into some 40 languages and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Its appeal, in part, is due to the universal themes it grapples with, empathy, identity, and compassion. 

Harper Lee died in 2016, in her hometown of Monroeville, where she spent the latter part of her life. Here are some of the most remarkable and enduring quotes she left us. 

 

1. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."Profound Quotes by Harper Lee, You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view

2."People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."Profound Quotes by Harper Lee "People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."

3. “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

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4. “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”
Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”

5. “Everybody’s gotta learn, nobody’s born knowing.”
Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “Everybody’s gotta learn, nobody’s born knowing.”

6. “It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”
Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name."

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7. “We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple.”
Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple.”

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8. “You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

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9. “I never loved reading until I feared I would lose it. One does not love breathing.”
Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “I never loved reading until I feared I would lose it. One does not love breathing.”

10. "The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience."Profound Quotes by Harper Lee "The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience."

11. "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."Profound Quotes by Harper Lee "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

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12. "The time your friends need you is when they're wrong."Profound Quotes by Harper Lee "The time your friends need you is when they're wrong."

13. “As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, ‘I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.”Profound Quotes by Harper Lee “As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth.

14. "Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it."Profound Quotes by Harper Lee "Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it."

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