J. D. Salinger Quotes

Who is J. D. Salinger?

Jerome David Salinger was an American writer known for the book The Catcher in the Rye. J. D. Salinger who was born on New Year's Day lead a very private life and refused to sell the rights of his book to a film studio.

Born January 01, 1919
Died January 27, 2010

Books by J. D. Salinger


Best 25 Quotes by J. D. Salinger

"Franny and Zooey" Quotes

“An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.”

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Franny and Zooey

“I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”

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Franny and Zooey

“I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”

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Franny and Zooey

“The worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.”

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Franny and Zooey

"Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour" Quotes

“I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour

"The Catcher in the Rye" Quotes

“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“I am always saying "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.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I'd probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“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.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late?”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“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.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the "Fuck you" signs in the world. It's impossible.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“Lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“People always clap for the wrong reasons.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

Products by J. D. Salinger

“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 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.”

J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

“That's the whole trouble. When you're feeling very depressed, you can't even think.”

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The Catcher in the Rye

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”

J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

“When you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.”

J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye