I just finished reading this classic novel for the first time. Don’t know how it escaped me all these years, but I finally got to it. Wanted to share some quotes from the book that struck me as relevant to our times.

“When asked what entitlement was, Jem described it as a condition of having your tail in a crack”

“There is a tendency in this year of grace, 1935, for certain people to use this phrase [all men are created equal] to satisfy all conditions. The most ridiculous example I can think of is that the people who run public education promote the stupid and idle along with the industrious–because all men are created equal, educators will gravely tell you, the children left behind suffer terrible feelings of inferiority. We know all men are not created equal in the sense some people would have us believe–some people are smarter than others, some people have more opportunity because they’re born with it, some men make more money than others, some ladies make better cakes that others–some people are born gifted beyond the normal scope of most men.”

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