To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee’s observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The story is told by the six-year-old Jean Louise Finch. The story covers a span of three years, during which the main characters undergo significant changes. The story focuses on lawyer Atticus Finch, who agrees to defend a black man against a false rape charge and in turn finds himself having to defend his children Scout and Jem from prejudice. Adored for his courage and integrity, Atticus has since become one of the most iconic literary heroes of the 20th century. Let’s take a look back at some of the powerful, inspiring and brilliant quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird.