To Kill a Mockingbird Bible and Whiskey bottle quote

“You are too young to understand it…but sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of – oh, of your father.”

– Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 5. Miss Maudie Atkinson to Scout. She is suggesting that sometimes religion in the hands of the wrong person can do more harm than a whiskey bottle in the hands of a good man such as Scout’s father Atticus.