Literary Birthday - 1 January - J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger was born 1 January 1919, and died 27 January 2010

10 Quotes: J.D. Salinger

  1. An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. 
  2. There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.
  3. I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
  4. It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to. 
  5. All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
  6. She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.
  7. Boy, 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.
  8. The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.
  9. I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
  10. I love to write and I assure you I write regularly… But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.

Salinger was an American writer. In 1951 his novel The Catcher in the Rye was an immediate popular success. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, became an icon of adolescence, alienation, and loss. The novel still sells 250,000 copies a year. Salinger became reclusive, publishing new work less frequently. 

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20 J. D. Salinger Quotes

  1. “All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”
  2. “An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”
  3. “Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”
  4. “He had a theory, Walt did, that 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.”
  5. “How do you know you’re going to do something, untill you do it?”
  6. “How long should a man’s legs be? Long enough to touch the ground.”
  7. “I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
  8. “I don’t even like old cars. I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.”
  9. “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”
  10. “I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.”
  11. “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”
  12. “I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
  13. “I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
  14. “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.”
  15. “If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody.”
  16. “It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it.”
  17. “It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.”
  18. “Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.”
  19. “Mothers are all slightly insane.”
  20. “People never believe you.” 

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10 Things Holden Caulfield Hates About Everyone

Holden Caulfield from J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is the embodiment of disaffected youth in literature. Here are 10 quotes that show how much he hates everyone.

1. Bros

“He was one of those guys that think they’re being a pansy if they don’t break around forty of your fingers when they shake hands with you. God, I hate that stuff.”

2. Women

“I mean most girls are so dumb and all. After you neck them for a while, you can really watch them losing their brains. You take a girl when she really gets passionate, she just hasn’t any brains.”

3. Phoniness

“You never saw so many phonies in all your life, everybody smoking their ears off and talking about the play so that everybody could hear and know how sharp they were.”

4. Disciples

“I like Jesus and all, but I don’t care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible. Take the Disciples, for instance. They annoy the hell out of me, if you want to know the truth. They were all right after Jesus was dead and all, but while He was alive, they were about as much use to Him as a hole in the head. All they did was keep letting Him down. I like almost anybody in the Bible better than the Disciples.”

5. Movies

“If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the movies. Don’t even mention them to me.”

6. Growing Up

“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. I know that’s impossible, but it’s too bad anyway.”

 7. Cliques

“Everybody sticks together in these dirty little goddam cliques. The guys that are on the basketball team stick together, the Catholics stick together, the goddam intellectuals stick together, the guys that play bridge stick together. Even the guys that belong to the goddam Book-of-the-Month club stick together.”

8. His Childhood

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

9. Abrupt Endings

“I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. 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-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.”

10. Being Bougie

“Everything I had was bourgeois as hell…. At first he only used to be kidding when he called my stuff bourgeois, and I didn’t give a damn — it was sort of funny, in fact. Then, after a while, you could tell he wasn’t kidding any more.

Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”

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