Thank You Harper Lee

By: IATG February 22, 2016
We're sad about the passing of the mighty Harper Lee, but grateful for the inspiration she left behind. Here are some of our writers' thoughts on what Lee and her work has meant to them.
"Put your hand on your heart,' the old man said. 'Inside you there is a power, there are ideas, thoughts that no one has thought of, there is the strength to love, purely and intensely, and to have someone love you back-- there is the power to make people happy, and to make people laugh-- it's full compliments, and the power to change lives and futures. Don't forget that power, and don't ever give up on it." ~Atticus, To Kill a Mockingbird ~Harper Lee. 
Harper Lee carried so much meaning behind her words. So much inspiration, honesty, wisdom. She speaks as if she's talking to everyone who has aspired to be a dreamer. Her words inspire me to tell my own unique story, to never doubt myself, to be honest with myself and just write. Ms. Lee, thank you for your wisdom. Thank you for letting the world read your stories. Thank you for being a strong and powerful woman. Thank you for being you.
-Sophie Winik
My favorite Harper Lee quote is "People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for." It's been one of my favorites forever, because it serves as a constant reminder to always look for the light and the magic in the world, no matter the darkness it tries to throw at me sometimes. It also gives me hope in the most trying times that as long as I open my eyes, my ears, and my heart to only good things, the bad things don't stand a chance!
-Olivia Crescenzi
Harper, I am so thankful. I am so thankful for your words. I am so thankful that you have challenged generations of people to think differently and with love. I am so thankful that you nourished strong women and young leaders. Rest well.
-Susannah Hutcheson
Harper Lee was one of the first authors I remember reading having a profound impact on me. I never understood racism or why people would judge someone else on something as stupid as their skin colour, but Lee made it relevant. She made it as not taboo as possible, because she openly discussed it. And she put it in terms that anyone could understand and combat. To Kill a Mockingbird is probably one of the few books that still has a profound impact on me to this day, because it's still so relevant and it's a damn shame more people don't take her words as more than brilliance and as a warning instead.
-Dana Zillgitt
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my top three favorite books of all time. It changed my life and my perspective on what it means to be courageous. Real courage is in the simple everyday moments, as well as the big life changing ones. It's about not giving up even if the outlook is bleak or seemingly impossible. You keep working. You keep going. You follow through and always stay true to your word no matter what. "It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." -Atticus Finch
-Devin Riggs
Thank you Harper Lee. You will be greatly missed.

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