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J.D. Salinger
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
She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.
J.D. Salinger
I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.
J.D. Salinger
It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so
J.D. Salinger
It's such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean, how do you know what you're going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don't. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it's a stupid question.
J.D. Salinger
I think that one of these days, he said, you're going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you've got to start going there. But immediately. You can't afford to lose a minute. Not you.
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
when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write Fuck you right under your nose.
J.D. Salinger
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.
J.D. Salinger
In my mind, I'm probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw.
J.D. Salinger
You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don't use logic when I do it. Logic's the first thing you have to get rid of.
J.D. Salinger
I'm just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else's. I'm sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting. It's disgusting.
J.D. Salinger
It's partly true, too, but it isn't all true. People always think something's all true.
J.D. Salinger
The thing is, it's really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs--if yours are really good ones and theirs aren't. You think if they're intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humor, that they don't give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do.
J.D. Salinger
All these angels start coming out of the boxes and everywhere, guys carrying crucifixes and stuff all over the place, and the whole bunch of them - thousands of them - singing Come All Ye Faithful like mad. Big deal. It's supposed to be religious as hell, I know, and very pretty and all, but I can't see anything religious or pretty, for God's sake, about a bunch of actors carrying crucifixes all over the stage. When they all finished and started going out the boxes again, you could tell they could hardly wait to get a cigarette of something. I saw it with old Sally Hayes the year before, and she kept saying how beautiful it was, the costumes and all. I said old jesus probably would've puked if he could see it.
J.D. Salinger
I don't think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while
J.D. Salinger
I'm not trying to tell you, he said that only educated men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. It's not so.But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they're brilliant and creative to begin with--which, unfortunately, is rarely the case--tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are MEREly brilliant and creative.
J.D. Salinger
And I can't be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight.
J.D. Salinger
I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
J.D. Salinger
I don't know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy.
J.D. Salinger
I like to be somewhere at least where you can see a few girls around once in a while, even if they're only scratching their arms or blowing their noses or even just giggling or something.
J.D. Salinger
Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And 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 do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be.
J.D. Salinger
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
who wants flowers when youre dead? nobody.
J.D. Salinger
Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will.
J.D. Salinger
Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.
J.D. Salinger
He said you were the only one who was bitter about S.'s suicide and the only one who really forgave him for it. The rest of us, he said, were outwardly unbitter and inwardly unforgiving.
J.D. Salinger
When the weather's nice, my parents go out quite frequently and stick a bunch of flowers on old Allie's grave. I went with them a couple of times, but I cut it out. In the first place, I don't enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery. Surrounded by dead guys and tombstones and all. It wasn't too bad when the sun was out, but twice
J.D. Salinger
You know Sven? The man who takes care of the gym?' he asked. He waited till he got a nod from Nicholson. 'Well, if Sven dreamed tonight that his dog died, he'd have a very, very bad night's sleep, because he's very fond of that dog. But when he woke up in the morning, everything would be all right. He'd know it was only a dream.'Nicholson nodded. 'What's the point exactly?'The point is if his dog really died, it would be exactly the same thing. Only he wouldn't know it. I mean he wouldn't wake up till he died himself.
J.D. Salinger
John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on.
J.D. Salinger
Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.
J.D. Salinger
Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?
J.D. Salinger
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
You can't stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.
J.D. Salinger
I don't think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while
J.D. Salinger
I didn't want any degrees if all the ill-read literates and radio announcers and pedagogical dummies I knew had them by the peck.
J.D. Salinger
The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has
J.D. Salinger
I know more damn perverts, at schools and all, than anybody you ever met, and they're always being perverty when I'm around.
J.D. Salinger
I'll read my books and I'll drink coffee and I'll listen to music, and I'll bolt the door.( A Boy in France : Saturday Evening Post CCXVII, March 31, 1945)
J.D. Salinger
God bless ladies with costly, tasteful clothes and touching, dirty fingernails that champion gifted, foreign poets and decorate the library in beautiful, melancholy fashion! My God, this universe is nothing to snicker at!
J.D. Salinger
But I was afraid of the questions (much more than the accusations) you might both put to me.
J.D. Salinger
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.
J.D. Salinger
The apartment below mine had the only balcony of the house. I saw a girl standing on it, completely submerged in the pool of autumn twilight. She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.
J.D. Salinger
He once told Allie and I that if he'd had to shoot anybody, he wouldn't've known which direction to shoot in. He said the Army was practically as full of bastards as the Nazis were.
J.D. Salinger
You never really get the smell of burning flesh out of your nose entirely, no matter how long you live.
J.D. Salinger
Most girls if you hold hands with them, their goddamn hand dies on you
J.D. Salinger
I always pick a gorgeous time to fall over a suitcase or something.
J.D. Salinger
Her joke of a name aside, her general unprettiness aside, she was, in terms of permanently memorable, immoderately perceptive, small-area faces, a stunning and final girl.
J.D. Salinger
Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.
J.D. Salinger
The other gift
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
God, how I still love private readers. It's what we all used to be.
J.D. Salinger
The other gift
J.D. Salinger
If you're not inthe mood, you can't do that stuff right.
J.D. Salinger
I don't like it when it stings,' he said. 'Nobody does.