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Top 500 J.D. Salinger Quotes (2023 Update)

J.D. Salinger Quote: “I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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. I know it’s crazy.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “The world is full of actors pretending to be human.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “You think of the book you’d most like to be reading, and then you sit down and shamelessly write it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Where do the ducks go in the winter?”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I thought what I’d do was I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “One day a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “You can’t exist in this world with such strong likes and dislikes.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “But I’m Crazy. I swear to God I am.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Give me a story that just makes me unreasonably vigilant. Keep me up till five only because all your stars are out, and for no other reason.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first one who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I know. I’m very hard to talk to. I realize that.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I have so much I want to tell you, and nowhere to begin.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I just hope that one day – preferably when we’re both blind drunk – we can talk about it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “In my mind, I’m probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “If a body catch a body coming through the rye.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “I have scars on my hands from touching certain people.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Sometimes you get tired of riding in taxicabs the same way you get tired riding in elevators. All of a sudden, you have to walk, no matter how far or how high up.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “You don’t know how to talk to people you don’t like. Don’t love, really. You can’t live in the world with such strong likes and dislikes.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “If you weren’t around, I’d probably be someplace way the hell off. In the woods or some goddamn place. You’re the only reason I’m around, practically.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Mothers are all slightly insane.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Happiness is a solid and joy is a liquid.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “People are always ruining things for you.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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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