catcher in the rye quote

I wouldn’t exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though…I mean when she was talking and she got excited about something, her mouth sort of went in about fifty directions, her lips and all. That killed me. And she never really closed it all the way, her mouth. It was always just a little bit open, especially when she got in her golf stance, or when she was reading a book. She was always reading, and she read very good books. She read a lot of poetry and all. She was the only one…
—  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher In The Rye quotes horoscope
  • Aries : "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."
  • Libra : "Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do."
  • Taurus : "I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice."
  • Scorpio : "People always clap for the wrong reasons."
  • Gemini : "I have scars on my hands from touching certain people."
  • Sagittarius : "Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
  • Cancer : "I don’t know exactly what I mean by that, but I mean it."
  • Capricorn : "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."
  • Leo : "I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead."
  • Aquarius : "But people never notice it. People never notice anything."
  • Virgo : "I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway."
  • Pisces : "I know. I’m very hard to talk to. I realize that."
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.
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J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

This is one of the most beautiful passages I’ve ever read!

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. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.
—  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
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 Catcher in the Rye
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. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.
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 Catcher in the Rye