Booklicious: Life Advice from Harper Lee

January 13, 2012


To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee is famously reclusive, but as one young fan discovered, she's not unresponsive. In 2006, a young boy named Jeremy wrote to the writer asking for an autographed photograph. What she sent far surpassed his request: 

Dear Jeremy

I don't have a picture of myself, so please accept these few lines:

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. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, "I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal."

Harper Lee 

Lovely. You can view the handwritten note itself at Letters of Note here.


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