Inspirational J.D. Salinger Quotes

J.D.Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer. This post features some Inspirational J.D. Salinger Quotes.

He is known for his widely-read novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Following his early success publishing short stories and Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a very private life for more than a half-century. He published his final original work in 1965 and gave his last interview in 1980.

J.D. Salinger Quotes
J.D. Salinger Quotes

J.D. Salinger Quotes

“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot. ”
― J.D. Salinger

“The religious life, and all the agony that goes with it, is just something God sics on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world.”
― 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 quotes

“I’m a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
― J.D. Salinger

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”
― J.D. Salinger

“I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
― J.D. Salinger

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

“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
― J.D. Salinger

“I am always saying “Glad to have 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

“Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.”
― J.D. Salinger

“Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.”
― J.D. Salinger

“People always clap for the wrong reasons.”
― J.D. Salinger

“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

“People are always ruining things for you.”
― J.D. Salinger

“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

“Life is a gift horse in my opinion.”
J.D. Salinger quotes

“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.”
― J.D. Salinger

“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

“People never notice anything.”
― 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

“I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”
― J.D. Salinger

“When you’re not looking, somebody will sneak up and write “Fuck you” right under your nose.”
― J.D. Salinger

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

“It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.”
― 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

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

“And I can’t be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight.”
― 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

“I love you to pieces, distraction, etc.”
― 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

“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

“I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”
J.D. Salinger quotes

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

“Grand. There’s a word I really hate. It’s a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.”
― J.D. Salinger

“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

“If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late?”
― J.D. Salinger

“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 quotes

“It’s everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don’t know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you’re conforming just as much only in a different way.”
― J.D. Salinger

“It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”
― J.D. Salinger

“I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse.”
― 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

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