Harper Lee

I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers. In the long hours of church--was it then I learned? I could not remember not being able to read hymns. How that i was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces. I could not remember when the lines above Atticus's moving finger separated into words, but I had stared at them all the evenings in my memory, listening to the news of the day, Bills To Be Enacted into Laws, the diaries of Lorenzo Dow--anything Atticus hapend to be reading when i crawled into his lap every night. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. {from 'To Kill A Mockingbird'}  - Harper Lee

All I want to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama. - Harper Lee

Courage... is when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. - Harper Lee

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.  - Harper Lee