“Whether Maycomb knows it or not, we’re paying the highest tribute we can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 24. Miss Maudie’s response to Aunt Alexandra after her concern about the toll that the Robinson case is taking on her brother. Miss Maudie tells her that the people of Maycomb trust Atticus because he is a highly moral and principled man who stands up for what is right.