Boo Radley Quotes From the Classic Novel and movie To Kill a Mockingbird
February 27, 2023 6:21 AM EST
Fans of the classic novel and movie To Kill a Mockingbird will love these Boo Radley quotes.
Boo Radley is the misunderstood hero in both the novel and the movie To Kill a Mockingbird.
In the movie, Boo Radley is played by Robert Duvall.
In both the novel and the movie, Boo Radley is described as an adult recluse that is mentally underdeveloped.
Boo, whose actual name is Arthur, had an accident when he was a kid, which affected his mental capacity.
To keep him safe, his dad and brother always keep him inside the house, although he sometimes comes out at night.
Boo is tall, slender, and pale due to his lack of sunshine or time spent outside.
Because Boo does not come outside and seems mysterious, he is the focus of childhood curiosity.
There are many rumors about him, such as that he kills the neighbors’ pets.
In actuality, Boo is kind and has a small connection with Scout, the main character, as he leaves items for her and her brother Jem inside a hollow tree.
Enjoy reading these Boo Radley quotes to learn more about the character.
Best Boo Radley quotes
Take a look at some quotes about Boo Radley.
1. “Will you take me home?” – Book Radley
2. “What Mr. Radley did might seem peculiar to us, but it did not seem peculiar to him.” – Atticus
3. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom.” – Scout
4. “I remember Arthur Radley when he was a boy. He always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks said he did…” – Miss Maudie
5. “What Mr. Radley did was his own business. If he wanted to come out, he would.” – Atticus
6. “Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives.” – Narrator
7. “I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time… it’s because he wants to stay inside.” – Jem
8. “One time, he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” – Scout
9. “His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears.” – Scout
10.”‘Come along, Mr. Arthur,’ I heard myself saying, ‘you don’t know the house real well. I’ll just take you to the porch, sir’.” – Scout
Boo Radley Quotes as Referenced by Other Characters
Check out some quotes about Boo from the other characters.
11. “His cheeks were thin to hollowness; his mouth was wide; there were shallow, almost delicate indentations at his temples, and his gray eyes were so colorless I thought he was blind.” – Scout
12. “They’d been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed ’em, like somethin’ I’d try to do. All crooked.’” – Jem
13. “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch; that’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off.” – Jem
14. “As Atticus once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem’s skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon.” – Scout
15. “Arthur Radley just stays in the house, that’s all… Wouldn’t you stay in the house if you didn’t want to come out?” – Miss Maudie
16. “Before he went inside the house, he stopped in front of Boo Radley. ‘Thank you for my children, Arthur.” he said.’” – Atticus
17.”’Mr. Arthur, honey,’ said Atticus, gently correcting me. ‘Jean Louise, this is Mr. Arthur Radley.’” – Harper Lee
18. “Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley employed to keep Boo out of sight, but Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time. Atticus said no, it wasn’t that sort of thing, that there were other ways of making people into ghosts.” – Harper Lee
19. “Shoulder up, I reeled around to face Boo Radley and his bloody fangs; instead, I saw Dill ringing the bell with all his might in Atticus’ face.” – Harper Lee
20. “She was even lonelier than Boo Radley, who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years.” – Harper Lee
Do Scout and Jem Ever Meet Boo?
Although they have a connection because Boo leaves them things, the children have never really met Boo.
That changes when Scout and Jem are walking home alone at night.
Tom Robinson attacks them, but Boo comes to their rescue and kills Tom.
From that moment on Scout and Jem start to understand Boo and help protect him.
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