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  • #1
    J.D. Salinger
    “I used to think she was quite intelligent , in my stupidity. The reason I did was because she knew quite a lot about the theater and plays and literature and all that stuff. If somebody knows quite a lot about all those things, it takes you quite a while to find out whether they're really stupid or not.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #2
    J.D. Salinger
    “My god, there's absolutely nothing tenth-rate about you, and yet you're up to your neck at this minute in tenth-rate thinking.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #3
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #4
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #5
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #6
    J.D. Salinger
    “People always clap for the wrong reasons.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #7
    J.D. Salinger
    “It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #8
    J.D. Salinger
    “An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
    tags: art


  • #9
    J.D. Salinger
    “It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don't know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
    tags: life


  • #10
    J.D. Salinger
    “If you do something too good, then, after a while, if you don't watch it, you start showing off. And then you're not as good any more.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #11
    J.D. Salinger
    “People never notice anything.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #12
    J.D. Salinger
    “Against my better judgment I feel certain that somewhere very near here—the first house down the road, maybe—there's a good poet dying, but also somewhere very near here somebody's having a hilarious pint of pus taken from her lovely young body, and I can't be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #13
    J.D. Salinger
    “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and they're pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody's be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that, exactly. You'd just be different, that's all. You'd have an overcoat this time. Or the kid that was your partner in line the last time had got scarlet fever and you'd have a new partner. Or you'd have a substitute taking the class, instead of Miss Aigletinger. Or you'd heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. Or you'd just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them. I mean you'd be different in some way—I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #14
    J.D. Salinger
    “Franny has the measles, for one thing. Incidentally, did you hear her last week? She went on at beautiful length about how she used to fly all around the apartment when she was four and no one was home. The new announcer is worse than Grant - if possible, even worse than Sullivan in the old days. He said she surely dreamt that she was able to fly. The baby stood her ground like an angel. She said she knew she was able to fly because when she came down she always had dust on her fingers from touching the light bulbs.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction


  • #15
    J.D. Salinger
    “I don't really deeply feel that anyone needs an airtight reason for quoting from the works of the writers he loves, but it's always nice, I'll grant you, if he has one.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “Or you'd just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them. I mean you'd be different in some way—I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #17
    J.D. Salinger
    “Keep me up till five because all your stars are out, and for no other reason…Oh dare to do it Buddy! Trust your heart. You’re a deserving craftsman. It would never betray you. Good night. I’m feeling very much over-excited now, and a little dramatic, but I think I’d give almost anything on earth to see you writing a something, an anything, a poem, a tree, that was really and truly after your own heart.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #18
    J.D. Salinger
    “Don't you think I have sense enough to worry about my motives for saying the prayer? That's exactly what's bothering me so. Just because I'm choosy about what I want - in this case, enlightenment or peace, instead or money or prestige or game or any of those things, doesn't mean I'm not as egotistical and self-seeking as everybody else. If anything, I'm more so!”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #19
    J.D. Salinger
    “But guilt is guilt. It doesn't go away. It can't be nullified. It can't even be fully understood, I'm certain - it's roots run too deep into private and long-standing karma. About the only thing that saves my neck when I get to feeling this way is that guilt is an imperfect form of knowledge. Just because it isn't perfect doesn't mean that it can't be used. The hard thing to do is to put it to practical use, before it gets around to paralyzing you.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #20
    J.D. Salinger
    “If I were God, I certainly wouldn't want people to love me sentimentally. It's too unreliable.”
    J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories


  • #21
    J.D. Salinger
    “They love their reasons for loving us almost as much as they love us, and most of the time more. It's not so good, that way.”
    J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories
    tags: teddy


  • #22
    J.D. Salinger
    “However contradictory the coroner's report — whether he pronounces Consumption or Loneliness or Suicide to be the cause of death — isn't it plain how the true artist-seer actually dies? I say that the true artist-seer, the heavenly fool who can and does produce beauty, is mainly dazzled to death by his own scruples, the blinding shapes and colors of his own sacred human conscience.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #23
    J.D. Salinger
    “The cards are stacked (quite properly, I imagine) against all professional aesthetes, and no doubt we all deserve the dark, wordy, academic deaths we all sooner or later die.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #24
    J.D. Salinger
    “If you're going to say the Jesus Prayer, at least say it to Jesus, and not to St. Francis and Seymour and Heidi's grandfather all wrapped up in one.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #25
    J.D. Salinger
    “I don't hate too many guys. What I may do, I may hate them for a little while, like this guy Stradlater I knew at Pencey, and this other boy, Robert Ackley. I hate them once in a while—I admit it—but it doesn't last too long, is what I mean. After a while, if I didn't see them, if they didn't come in the room, or if I didn't see them in the dining room for a couple of meals, I sort of missed them. I mean I sort of missed them.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #26
    J.D. Salinger
    “John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #27
    J.D. Salinger
    “I privately say to you, old friend... please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of early-blooming parentheses: (((()))).”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #28
    J.D. Salinger
    “I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #29
    Daphne du Maurier
    “I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls.”
    Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca


  • #30
    Daphne du Maurier
    “If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”
    Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca




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