51 Quotes From The Catcher In The Rye

From school dropout to depression, The Catcher In The Rye is a revolutionary novel from Salinger famous to introduce the notion of Anti-Hero.

Through those pages you can follow the story of a broken character. Phony.
Here are the best quotes from The Catcher In The Rye.

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      In New York, boy, money really talksI’m not kidding. — J.D. Salinger

      Grand. There’s a word I really hate. It’s a phony. I could puke every time I hear it. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I don’t even like old cars. I mean, they don’t even interest me at all. I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human. — J.D. Salinger

      I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot. — J.D. Salinger

      I always pick a gorgeous time to fall over a suitcase or something. — J.D. Salinger

      Get your dirty stinking moron knees off my chest. — J.D. Salinger

      I wouldn’t exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Naturally, I never told him I thought he was a terrific whistler. I mean you don’t just go up to somebody and say, ‘You’re a terrific whistler. — J.D. Salinger

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      If you do something too good, then, after a while, if you don’t watch it, you start showing off. And then you are not as good any more. — J.D. Salinger

      In my mind, I’m probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw. — J.D. Salinger

      God, I wish you could’ve been there. — J.D. Salinger

      Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rule. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I wouldn’t exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though. — J.D. Salinger

      I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Sleep tight, ya morons! — J.D. Salinger

      I have a feeling that you are riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall. But I don’t honestly know what kind. — J.D. Salinger

      I think that once you have a fair idea where you want to go, your first move will be to apply yourself in school. — J.D. Salinger

      Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row. — J.D. Salinger

      I’m just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don’t they? — J.D. Salinger

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      People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily,..,and he had very red hair. — J.D. Salinger

      He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron. — J.D. Salinger

      People never notice anything. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly. — J. D. Salinger

      Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad. — J.D. Salinger

      People always think something’s all true. — J.D. Salinger

      This is a people shooting hat, I said.I shoot people in this hat. — J.D. Salinger

      All morons hate it when you call them a moron. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead. — 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. — The Catcher In The Rye

      All you knew was, you were happy. You really were. — The Catcher In The Rye

      That’s the terrible part. I swear to God I’m a madman. — J.D. Salinger

      You’re a very, very strange boy.I know it, I said. — J.D. Salinger

      She gave me a pain in the ass, but she was very good looking. — 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. — The Catcher In The Rye

      You never even worried with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were. — 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. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway. — J.D. Salinger

      If you are not in the mood, you can’t do that stuff right. — J.D. Salinger

      If you sat around there long enough and heard all the phonies applauding and all, you got to hate everybody in the world, I swear you did. — J.D. Salinger

      You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were. — J.D. Salinger

      You can hit my father over the head with a chair and he won’t wake up, but my mother, all you have to do to my mother is cough somewhere in Siberia and she’ll hear you. — J.D. Salinger

      I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it. — J.D. Salinger

      The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was… The only thing that would be different would be you. — J.D. Salinger

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      Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody. — The Catcher In The Rye

      It isn’t very serious, I have this tiny little tumor on the brain. — 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

      Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round…. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it’sn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry. — J.D. Salinger

      It’s not too bad when the sun’s out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it. — The Catcher In The Rye

      In every school I’ve gone to, all the athletic bastards stick together. — J.D. Salinger

      I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood. — J.D. Salinger

      I am always sayingGlad 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

      I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Then I tried to get them in a little intelligent conversation, but it was practically impossible. — J.D. Salinger

      I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead. — J.D. Salinger

      It’s one of those places that are supposed to be very sophisticated and all, and the phonies are coming in the window. — J.D. Salinger

      It’s history. It’s poetry. — J.D. Salinger

      I know. I’m very hard to talk to. I realize that. — J.D. Salinger

      Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell. — The Catcher In The Rye

      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

      All these handsome guys are the same. When they’re done combing their goddam hair, they beat it on you. — J.D. Salinger

      I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice. — The Catcher In The Rye

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      Real ugly girls have it tough. I feel so sorry for them sometimes. — J.D. Salinger

      Boy, did he depress me! I don’t mean he was a bad guyhe wasn’t. But you don’t have to be bad guy to depress somebodyyou can be a good guy and do it. — J.D. Salinger

      That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think. — The Catcher In The Rye

      The goddam movies. They can ruin you. I’m not kidding. — J.D. Salinger

      But what I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most. I mean you can’t help it sometimes. — The Catcher In The Rye

      She was always reading, and she read very good books. — J.D. Salinger

      I’m always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you’ to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. — J.D. Salinger

      You’re a real prince. You’re a gentleman and a scholar, kid. — J.D. Salinger

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      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. — J.D. Salinger

      It’s really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes. — The Catcher In The Rye

      If you weren’t around, I’d probably be someplace way the hell off. In the woods or some goddamn place. You’re the only reason I’m around, practically. — J.D. Salinger

      I like it when somebody gets excited about something. — J.D. Salinger

      Did you ever get fed up?’ I said. ‘I mean did you ever get scared that everything was going to go lousy unless you did something? — J.D. Salinger

      I was surrounded by jerks. I’m not kidding. — J.D. Salinger

      I know. I’m very hard to talk to. I realize that. — J.D. Salinger

      Just because somebody’s dead, you don’t just stop liking them-especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all. — J.D. Salinger

      That’s the whole trouble. You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. — J.D. Salinger

      It’s partly true, too, but it’sn’t all true. People always think something’s all true. — J.D. Salinger

      It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn’t even think. That’s the whole trouble. When you are feeling very depressed, you can’t even think. — J.D. Salinger

      Sometimes I talk a little loud when I get excited. — 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

      Almost every damn school in the world gets out earlier for Christmas break than the school I go to. — J.D. Salinger

      The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. — J.D. Salinger

      But I’m Crazy. I swear to God I am. — J.D. Salinger

      People are mostly hot to have a discussion when you are not. — J.D. Salinger

      If I were a piano player, I’d play it in the goddamn closet. — The Catcher In The Rye

      Some people you shouldn’t kid, even if they deserve it. — J.D. Salinger

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

      People never think anything is anything really. I’m getting goddam sick of it. — J.D. Salinger

      That killed me. — J. D. Salinger

      People always clap for the wrong reasons. — The Catcher In The Rye

      People always clap for the wrong reasons. — J.D. Salinger

      No importa que la sensación sea triste o hasta desagradable, pero cuando me voy de un sitio me gusta darme cuenta de que me marcho. Si no luego me da más pena todavía. — J.D. Salinger

      Mothers are all slightly insane. — J. D. Salinger

      I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I amI really dobut people never notice it. — The Catcher In The Rye

      I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. — J.D. Salinger

      I’d never yell,Good luck! at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it. — J.D. Salinger

      You fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. — J.D. Salinger

      You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it. — J.D. Salinger

      That’s something that annoys the hell out of meI mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it’sn’t. — J.D. Salinger

      Who wants flowers when you are dead? Nobody. — J.D. Salinger

      I mean how do you know what you are going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. — 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

      No cuenten nunca nada a nadie. En el momento en que uno cuenta cualquier cosa, empieza a echar de menos a todo el mundo. — J.D. Salinger

      You don’t always have to get too sexy to get to know a girl. — J.D Salinger

      I’m seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I’m about thirteen. — 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

      Almost every time someone gives me a present, it ends up making me sad. — The Catcher In The Rye

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

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

          I knew it wasn’t too important, but it made me sad anyway. — J.D. Salinger

          Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. — 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. — The Catcher In The Rye

          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. — The Catcher In The Rye

          I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do. — J.D. Salinger

          No odio a todos. Los odio unas cuantas horas o unos cuantos días, pero después se me pasa. — J.D. Salinger

          If a body catch a body coming through the rye. — J.D. Salinger

          The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has I’m not kidding. — J.D. Salinger

          The catcher in the rye.. that’s all I really want to be.. — J.D. Salinger

          If you weren’t around, I’d probably be someplace way the hell off. In the woods or some goddamn place. You’re the only reason I’m around, practically. — The Catcher In The Rye

          Los que de verdad me vuelven loco son esos libros que cuando acabas de leerlos piensas que ojalá el autor fuera amigo tuyo y pudieras llamarle por teléfono cuando quisieras. — J.D. Salinger

          If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? — The Catcher In The Rye

          People always clap for the wrong things. — J.D. Salinger

          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. — J.D. Salinger

          It always smelled like it was raining outside, even if it wasn’t, and you were in the only nice, dry, cosy place in the world. — J.D. Salinger

          I was surrounded by phonies..They were coming in the goddam window. — J.D. Salinger

          God, I wish you could have been there. — J.D. Salinger

          You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it. — The Catcher In The Rye

          But what I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most. I mean you can’t help it sometimes. — J. D. Salinger

          He once told Allie and I that if he’d had to shoot anybody, he wouldn’t’ve known which direction to shoot in. He said the Army was practically as full of bastards as the Nazis were. — J.D. Salinger

          It’s nice when somebody tells you about their uncle. Especially when they start out telling you about their father’s farm and then all of a sudden get more interested in their uncle. — J.D. Salinger

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          I like to be somewhere at least where you can see a few girls around once in a while, even if they’re only scratching their arms or blowing their noses or even just giggling or something. — J.D. Salinger

          Well. He’s a very sensitive boy. He’s really never been a terribly good mixer with other boys..’ Sensitive. That killed me. That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a goddamn toilet seat. — J.D. Salinger

          I think that one of these days… you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you. — The Catcher In The Rye

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          She really started to cry, and the next thing I knew, I was kissing her all overanywhereher eyes, her nose, her forehead, her eyebrows, and all, her earsher whole face except her mouth and all. — J.D. Salinger

          I felt like I was sort of disappearing. It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing everytime you crossed a road. — J.D. Salinger

          I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I amI really dobut people never notice it. People never notice anything. — J.D. Salinger

          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. — J.D. Salinger

          I think that one of these days, he said,you are going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you. — J.D. Salinger

          I was sixteen then, and I’m seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I’m about thirteen. Sometimes, I act a lot older than I am–I really do. But people never notice it. People never notice anything. — J.D. Salinger

          His date kept saying to him,How horrible . . Don’t, darling. Please, don’t. Not here. Imagine giving somebody a feel and telling them about a guy committing suicide at the same time! They killed me. — J.D. Salinger

          It’s such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean, how do you know what you are going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I know? I swear it’s a stupid question. — J.D. Salinger

          He always had to know who was going. I swear, if that guy was shipwrecked somewhere, and you rescued him in the god damn boat, he’d want to know who the guy that was rowing it before he’d even get in. — J.D. Salinger

          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. — J. D. Salinger

          Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game all right I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? — J.D. Salinger

          Our foyer has a funny smell that doesn’t smell like anyplace else. I don’t know what the hell it’s. It isn’t cauliflower and it’sn’t perfumeI don’t know what the hell it’sbut you always know you are home. — J.D. Salinger

          What really knocks me out is a book that, when you are 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. — J.D. Salinger

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