"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."
( Judge Taylor-Chapter 17)
Judge Taylor says this quote in chapter 17 during the courtroom scene. What he means by this quote is that as a person you will only allow yourself to pay attention to what you want to hear and know. It really means a person is stubborn and hardheaded and is stuck in their own ways.
"Things are never as bad as they seem."
(Miss Maudie-Chapter 22)
Miss Maudie says this quote in chapter 23 while talking to Jem about how to look at the good in people not the bad. What she means by this is that even though people may do wrong you should embrace the good in all they have done for you.