Timeless Harper Lee quotes to remember her by

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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee Dead at 89

Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird author Nelle Harper Lee died Friday at age 89 in her Monroeville, Alabama home, multiple sources confirmed Friday. The author had returned to her hometown from New York after she had a stroke in 2007. Here are 11 quotes to remember her by.

Lee carefully guarded her private life and therefore rarely did interviews or gave speeches, but her words in To Kill a Mockingbird and a few public interviews serve as a window to her character and wisdom that will be remembered along with her legend.

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Timeless Harper Lee quotes to remember her by
circa 1960: American author Harper Lee smiling. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, in local courthouse while visiting her home town. (Photo by Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Author of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, while visiting her home town. (Photo by Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Photo of Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction for her novel 'To kill a Mockingbird.' The award was made on May 1, 1961. (AP Photo)
Harper Lee, 36, who gained fame with her first novel, "To kill a Mockingbird," says she's running just as scared as before her success. Her book, which came out in 1960, has since sold six million copies, won a Pulitzer prize and been made into a film recently nominated for an academy award. Harper Lee poses March 14, 1963. (AP Photo)
Watching the filming of a scene for the 1962 movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" are producer Alan Pakula and author Harper Lee, whose Pulitzer prize winning novel has been adapted for the screen. A south Alabama town that was the inspiration for the setting in Lee's book is finding itself as the backdrop for a real-life legal case involving allegations of racism at school. (AP Photo)
In an August 31, 2001, file image at the Stage Coach Cafe in Stockton, Ala., the author Harper Lee, who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' A recently-discovered sequel, 'Go Set a Watchman,' is due to be published in July 2015. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Writer Harper Lee attends the reception prior to the Library Foundation of Los Angeles 2005 Awards Dinner honoring Harper Lee at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Writer Harper Lee (R) receives her award at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles 2005 Awards Dinner honoring Harper Lee at the City National Plaza on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Harper Lee (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
Author Harper Lee (center) signs an original edition of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 13: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Playwright Horton Foote and writer Harper Lee listen to actor Dame Edna read a poem as Foote is honored by the Signature Theatre Company on the eve of his 90th birthday at the Ritz Carlton March 13, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05: U.S. President George W. Bush (L) hangs a Presidential Medal of Freedom on the neck of Harper Lee (C), Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' during a presentation ceremony for the medal's 2007 recipients in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05: U.S. President George W. Bush (R) takes Pulitzer Prize winner and 'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee by the arm before presenting her with the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 05: Pulitzer Prize winner and 'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Alabama author, Harper Lee, accepts an award, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at the Davis Theater in Montgomery, Ala., on the occasion of a performance adaptation of her book "To Kill A Mockingbird," by Alabama high school students. (AP Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)
Harper Lee, the 80-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," shares a laugh with Gov. Bob Riley at the State Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in Montgomery, Ala. Lee received a resolution commending her contribution to public education in the state. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin)
** FILE ** Harper Lee, the 80-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning author of "To Kill A Mockingbird," reacts to a vocal performance by Birmingham public school students at the State Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in Montgomery, Ala. Lee received a resolution commending her contribution to public education in the state. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin)
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor, at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. The ascendance of Tonja Carter, who worked in Lee's older sister Alice Leeâs law office before going to the University of Alabama law school, graduating in 2006 and becoming her partner, brought more aggressive legal tactics on Harper Leeâs behalf. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Alabama author, Harper Lee, talks to friends backstage, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at the Davis Theater in Montgomery, Ala., on the occasion of a performance adaptation of her book "To Kill A Mockingbird," by Alabama high school students. (AP Photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)
Copies of Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' are on display as part of a global release at a bookstore in Seoul on July 14, 2015. Copies of Lee's eagerly awaited, but controversial second novel flew off the shelves more than half a century after the groundbreaking success of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Signs outside the old Monroe County Courthouse refer to "Go Set A Watchman" and Harper Lee on the afternoon of the book's release in the hometown of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, in Monroeville, Ala., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)
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These 11 Harper Lee quotes serve as timeless lessons on perspective, humanity, courage and more:

1. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

2. "Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself ... It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent." — Harper Lee, a 1964 interview

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. "People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for." — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

5. "Atticus, he was real nice."

"Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them." — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

6. "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." — a 2006 letter to an eight year-old boy

7. "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents." — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

8. "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived." — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

9. "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

10. "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." — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

11. "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends." — Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

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