10 Powerful Harper Lee Quotes

1. “It’s better to be silent than to be a fool.”
– Alabama Academy of Honor "speech" 2007

2. “Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”
– letter to Oprah in 2006

3. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

4. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

5. “Naturally, you don’t sit down in ‘white hot inspiration’ and write with a burning flame in front of you. But since I knew I could never be happy being anything but a writer, and Mockingbird put itself together for me so accommodatingly, I kept at it because I knew it had to be my first novel, for better or for worse.”
– Interview with Roy Newquist, Counterpoints, 1964

6. “All I want to be is the Jane Austen of south Alabama.”
– WQXR radio station in New York

7. “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

8. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

9. “You see, more than a simple matter of putting down words, writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer.”
– Interview with Roy Newquist, Counterpoints, 1964

10. “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.”
– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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saturday morning muse

Oh, how true this is.

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quote the grass is greener on the other side because…

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YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! 😀

Not complaining.

I love my own patch of green grass of mine. Deeply grateful for it actually.

A Good Day to Die Hard [movie]

I have a weird thing with action movies recently. It doesn’t matter how much I enjoyed the show while ‘watching’ it, when the movie comes to an end and the adrenalin rush is over, i feel: hmm okay, just another action show.

Bruce Willis has probably been too old to take on any action role now. It’s not that he sucks in Die Hard 5, he still rocks it but I see why he plays the character in a way of a funny chillaxing man walking around and just happens to get himself into trouble to save his son. With this repeated line “I’m on a fucking vacation”, I guess we can all expect his retirement in the next installment (if there still any) and Jack McClane (by Jai Courtney) takes over.

In fact, I really like Jai Courtney. He just has the right face for being both a problematic child and a young fucked-up agent who’s trying to prove himself.

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There’s a number of expected cliche plotted around, the usual thing you will see about a son reconciling and giving respect to his estranged parent. The good thing is the awkwardness between these 2 tough men is kind of cute and I do like it.

There are a bunch of favourite quotes one can find here and here.
My favourites are these below:

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John McClane: Need a hug?
Jack McClane: We’re not a hugging family.
John McClane: Damn straight!

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John McClane: It’s been fun running around you all day

John McClane: I love you boy
Jack McClane (with teary eyes): Me too
John McClane: I’ve always got your back
Jack McClane: I got yours too

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John McClane: Safe house, my ass.

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John McClane: The things we do for our kids. Yippie-kai-yay, motherfucker.

only do what you believe in

I define creativity as an ‘expression of self’. You cannot create great work unless a little bit of you goes into it, be it your heart, your soul or your beliefs. Whatever you create – it could be painting, writing, designing or even advertising – the work that results is an expression of you. Of course, what each of us creates may talk to different audiences and perform different functions, but, ultimately, it carries your beliefs and your thumb print. If what you create is to be successful, it has to have an integrity and humanity that touch people, and those qualities come from within. Without that, you’re just going through the motions and will almost certainly produce work that won’t last and won’t stick.

Hegarty on Advertising

Those are the words of wisdom from John Hegarty that caught me in the moment I’m utmost confused. He sets the words for creative people but I believe this can be applicable to everyone working in creative lines and widely, anyone in any other business. Simply put, one cannot produce good work if he/she does not have any belief in what he/she is doing. Business, at the end of the day boils down to individuals and personal feelings. When every individuals’ beliefs match with the business vision and goal, wishing for all stars to align is not that impractical.

Most of the time, when someone gets emotional at work, it’s believed that it is because that person is taking things personal. Why would one ever like to take things personal? I believe if given a choice, no one would; except for being insulted, publicly embarrassed or personally attacked. I like to think that people naturally can’t help it (being emotional) then when they have cared a little too much.

What are all the questions for if not because the answers can open up some room for improvements? What are all those late nights for if not because that is to make something work? What are all the efforts to go an extra mile for if not to make the clients come back for more? What are all those troubles that one can put himself/herself through if not because he/she cares? And if someone is trying to press on one spot that makes everyone else hurts, it’s probably worth checking out what that ‘noise’ is all about, giving it some serious scrutiny.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

– Winston Churchchill

And I would end this post with another quote from the book which I guess will motivate some trapped souls out there to free themselves.

As they gave up on me, I gave up on them.

– John Hegarty, one of the world’s legendary advertising men.

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