Important Quotes for John Wyndham's the Chrysalids, Shakespear's Julius Caesar, The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler, and Harper Lee's to Kill a Mocking Bird.

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"They could never have succeeded. If they had not brought down Tribulation which all but destroyed them; then they would have bred with the carelessness of animals until they had reduced themselves to poverty and misery, and ultimately to starvation and barbarism. One way or another they were foredoomed because they were an inadequate species."

"When their conditions were primitives they could get along all right, as the animals can; but the more complex they made their world, the less capable they were of dealing with it. They had no means of consensus. They learnt to co-operate constructively in small units; but only destructively in large unites. They aspired greedily, and then refused to face the responsibilities they had created. They created vas problems, and then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith. There was, you see, no real communication, no understanding between them."

"You've got to have as little as I have to know how much that means."

"There was the power of gods in the hands of children, we know: but were they mad children, all of them quite mad?

"A world in which a man could come upon such a hunt himself! What kind of man?"

"Neither his kind, nor his kind of thinking will survive long. They are the crown of creation, they are ambition fulfilled - they have nowhere more to go. But life is change, that is how it differs from the rocks, change is its very nature. Who, then, were the recent lords of creation, that they should expect to remain unchanged?"

"The living form defies evolution at its peril; if it does not adapt, it will be broken."

"They are determined still that there is a final form to defend: soon they will attain the stability they strive for, in the only form its granted - a places among the fossils ... "

"But He isn't dead; and He changes and grows, like everything else that's alive. He sent along Tribulation to bust it up and remind 'em that life is change."

"The stupidest norm was happier; he could feel that he belonged."

Duddy Kravitz:

"It's the cretinous little money-grubbers like Kravitz that cause anti-semitism."

"There's something wrong. A mistake somewhere when a boy your age is already pursuing money like he had a hot poker up his ass."

Julius Caesar:

"These growing feathers plucked from Caesar's wing will make him fly an ordinary pitch, who else would soar above the view of men and keep us all in servile fearfulness.

"Et tu, Brute?"

To Kill a Mocking Bird:

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. That don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."