The Catcher In The Rye Quotes

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J.D. Salinger
“That's the whole trouble. When you're feeling very depressed, you can't even think.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
“Lawyers are alright, I guess — but it doesn't appeal to me", I said. "I mean they're alright if they go around saving innocent guys' lives all the time, and like that, but you don't do that kind of stuff if you're a lawyer. All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot. And besides, even if you did go around saving guys' lives and all, how would you know if you did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives, or because you did it because what you really wanted to do was be a terrific lawyer, with everybody slapping you on the back and congratulating you in court when the goddam trial was over, the reporters and everybody, the way it is in the dirty movies? How would you know you weren't being a phony? The trouble is you wouldn't.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
“How old are you? I asked her.
"Old enough to know better." she said.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
“That’s what I liked about those nuns. You could tell, for one thing, that they never went anywhere swanky for lunch. It mad me so damn sad when I thought about it, their never going anywhere swanky for lunch or anything. I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

John Green
“We have a bad habit of seeing books as sort of cheaply made movies where the words do nothing but create visual narratives in our heads.

So too often what passes for literary criticism is "I couldn't picture that guy", or "I liked that part", or "this part shouldn't have happened." That is, we've left language so far behind that sometimes we judge quality solely based on a story's actions.

So we can appreciate a novel that constructs its conflicts primarily through plot - the layered ambiguity of a fatal car accident caused by a vehicle owned by Gatsby but driven by someone else, for instance. But in this image-drenched world, sometimes we struggle to appreciate and celebrate books where the quality arises not exclusively from plot but also from the language itself.”
John Green

J.D. Salinger
“... I was feeling so depressed I didn't even think. That's the whole trouble. When you're feeling very depressed, you can't even think”
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger
“I've read this same sentence about twenty times since you came in."
Anybody else except Ackley would've taken the goddamn hint. Not him though...
"What the hellya reading?"
"Goddamn book."
He shoved my book back with his hand so that he could see the name on it. "Any good?" he said.
"This sentence I'm reading is terrific.”
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger
“I'd be the catcher in the rye and all.”
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger
“I got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
“New York is terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
“I know he's dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't I?
Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake--especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive and all.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
“When she was done whispering in the mike and being cute as hell, they'd sing a song half in English and half in French and drive all the phonies in the place mad with joy.”
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger
“The Navy guy and I told each other we were glad to've met each other. Which always kils me. I'm always saing 'Glad to've met you' to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“That's the thing about girls.Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
Sallinger J.D

“The thing is, it's really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.”
Sallinger J.D

J.D. Salinger
“One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all. They were coming in the goddam window. For instance, they had this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life. Ten times worse than old Thurmer. On Sundays, for instance, old Haas went around shaking hands with everybody's parents when they drove up to school. He'd be charming as hell and all. Except if some boy had little old funny-looking parents. You should've seen the way he did with my roommate's parents. I mean if a boy's mother was sort of fat or corny-looking or something, and if somebody's father was one of those guys that wear those suits with very big shoulders and corny black-and-white shoes, then old Haas would just shake hands with them and give them a phony smile and then he'd go talk, for maybe a half an hour, with somebody else's parents. I can't stand that stuff. It drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed I go crazy. I hated that goddam Elkton Hills”
J.D. Salinger

“Something else an academic education will do for you. If you go along with it any considerable distance, it'll begin to give you an idea what size mind you have. What it'll fit and maybe, what it won't. After a while, you'll have an idea what kind of thoughts your particular size mind should be wearing. For one thing, it may save you an extraordinary amount of time trying on ideas that don't suite you, aren't becoming to you. You will begin to know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.”
Sallinger J.D

J.D. Salinger
“How'd she happen to mention me? Does she do to B.M. now? She said she might go there. she said she might go to Shipley, too. I thought she went to Shipley. how'd she happen to mention me?"

- Personally after reading chapters 1-5 and learning about Jane and Holden's relationship as friends or just to people you can tell that obviously he does truly care about this girl. To make situations between Holden and Stradlater I see jealousy come with in the mix when a date between "Strad" and jane come up to holden during one of there normal horsing around moods”
J.D. Salinger

“I don't even like old cars. I mean they don't even interest me. I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is atleast human, for God's sake.”
Sallinger J.D

J.D. Salinger
“And yet I still act sometimes like I was only about twelve. Everybody says that, especially my father. It's partly true, but it isn't all true. People always think something's all true. I don't give a damn, except that I get bored sometime when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older like I am -- I really do -- but people never notice it. People never notice anything.”
J.D. Salinger

“That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write 'Fuck you' right under your nose.”
J.D. Sallinger

“The trouble with girls is, if they like a boy, no matter how big a bastard he is, they'll say he has an inferiority complex, and if they don't like him, no matter how nice a guy he is, or how big an inferiority complex he has, they'll say he's conceited. Even smart girls do it.”
Sallinger J.D

“On je uvijek tražio od čovjeka da mu čini velike usluge. Uzmite takvog veoma lijepog mladića, ili nekog tko za sebe misli kako je u svemu glavni, i te stvari, takvi će ljudi od vas vječito tražiti da im činite velike usluge. Samo zbog toga što je takav čovjek lud za samim sobom, on misli kako ste i vi ludi za njim i kako umirete od želje da mu na svaki mogući način ugodite. To je pomalo smiješno, u jednu ruku.”
J. D. Sallinger

J.D. Salinger
“. . . I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.”
J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger
“Non voglio spaventarti, ma non stento affatto a vederti morire nobilmente, in un modo o nell'altro, per una causa indicibilmente ignobile.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell”
Sallinger J.D