Our Favourite Catcher In The Rye Quotes

  1. 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

  2. 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

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

    - J.D. Salinger

  4. 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 themif 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

  5. 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

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

    - J.D. Salinger

  7. I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.

    - J.D. Salinger

  8. 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

  9. People always clap for the wrong reasons.

    - J.D. Salinger

  10. The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and they're pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody's be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that, exactly. You'd just be different, that's all. You'd have an overcoat this time. Or the kid that was your partner in line the last time had got scarlet fever and you'd have a new partner. Or you'd have a substitute taking the class, instead of Miss Aigletinger. Or you'd heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. Or you'd just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them. I mean you'd be different in some wayI can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it.

    - J.D. Salinger

  11. I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean Ive left schools and places I didnt even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I dont care if its a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know Im leaving it. If you dont you feel even worse.

    - J.D. Salinger

  12. 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

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

    - J.D. Salinger

  14. Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.

    - J.D. Salinger