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J.D. Salinger Quote: “The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “How that name comes up. Mixing memory and desire.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “People never think anything is anything really. I’m getting goddam sick of it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “It’s really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “A woman’s body is like a violin and all, and that it takes a terrific musician to play it right.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I never seem to have anything that if I lost it I’d care too much about.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has – I’m not kidding.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Nothing in the voice of the cicada intimates how soon it will die.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Some of my best friedns are children. In fact, all of my best friends are children.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “If you sat around there long enough and heard all the phonies applauding and all, you got to hate everybody in the world, I swear you did.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “And 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.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing. She looked as if her phone had been ringing continually ever since she had reached puberty.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “God, I wish you could have been there.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “What I think is, you’re supposed to leave somebody alone if he’s at least being interesting and he’s getting all excited about something. I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Real ugly girls have it tough. I feel so sorry for them sometimes.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “This sentence I’m reading is terrific.” I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood. He didn’t get It, though.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Anyway I just got your beautiful letter and I love you to pieces, distraction, etc.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I hate saying corny things like “traveling incognito.” But when I’m with somebody that’s corny, I always act corny too.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “He calls me Miss Spiritual Tramp of 1948.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “You don’t always have to get too sexy to get to know a girl.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I getstarted, I can go for hours if I feel like it. No kidding. Hours.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “People always think something’s all true. I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am, I really do. But people never notice. People never notice anything.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “It isn’t very serious, I have this tiny little tumor on the brain.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I felt so damn happy all of a sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy, if you want to know the truth.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “If you want to know the truth, the guy I like best in the Bible, next to Jesus, was that lunatic and all, that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself with stones. I like him ten times as much as the Disciples, that poor bastard.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Life is a gift horse in my opinion.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Some people you shouldn’t kid, even if they deserve it.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “These intellectual guys don’t like to have an intellectual conversation with you unless they’re running the whole thing.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Hell is the suffering of being unable to love.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “I’d rather push a guy out the window or chop his head off with an ax than sock him in the jaw.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “It was against my principles and all, but 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 Quote: “There isn’t a nightclub in the world that you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you’re with some girl that really knocks you out.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “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 Quote: “I ignored the flashes of lightning all around me. They either had your number on them or they didn’t.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “If I were a piano player, I’d play it in the goddam closet.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Oh, I don’t know. That digression business got on my nerves. I don’t know. The trouble with me is, I like it when somebody digresses. It’s more interesting and all.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “Maybe there’s a trapdoor under my chair, and I’ll just disappear.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “You take a very handsome guy, or a guy that thinks he’s a real hot-shot, and they’re always asking you to do them a big favor. Just because they’re crazy about themself, they think you’re crazy about them, too, and that you’re just dying to do them a favor. It’s sort of funny, in a way.”
J.D. Salinger Quote: “It’s one of those places that are supposed to be very sophisticated and all, and the phonies are coming in the window.”
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