quote by J. D. Salinger

Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.

— J. D. Salinger

Inspiring Holden Caulfield quotations

I don't even like old cars. I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God's sake.

It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.

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.

What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide.

I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would've done it, too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed. I didn't want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all gory.

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.

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

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.

I kept picturing all these little kids in this big field of rye.

.. If they're running and they don't look where they're going, I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.

Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up - some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.

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.

If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody.

I remember realizing, when I did Little Women [1994], that that was the only time girls that age were being written about. It was always boys - from David Copperfield to Lord of the Flies to Holden Caulfield. There were never young women going through adolescence or teen years; there were only little girls.

You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not.

All you knew was, you were happy. You really were.

Now...in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, ipods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.

Money always ends up making you blue.

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.

I don't even know what I was running for—I guess I just felt like it.

It's really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes.

I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.

When I really worry about something, I don’t just fool around.

I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don’t go. I’m too worried to go. I don’t want to interrupt my worrying to go.

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'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.

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.

Girls. You never know what they're going to think.

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.

I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.

I think if you don't really like a girl, you shouldn't horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you're supposed to like her face, and if you like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it, like squirting water all over it. It's really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes.

If a body catch a body coming through the rye.

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.

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. -Holden Caulfield

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.

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

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

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