The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Book - 2001
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blue_llama_157
Jul 10, 2018

I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. 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.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

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elishalozares
Jul 19, 2016

"I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

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.

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she'd fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say anything or do anything. The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off...
(Salinger, 273 – 274)

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

"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'd just be the catcher in the rye and all."
(Salinger, 224 – 225)

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"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."

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"The mark of an 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."

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

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

Levi_1 Jul 07, 2014

“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.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Levi_1 Jul 07, 2014

“That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall 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

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georgetta
Feb 21, 2014

"lousy with rocks"

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orangeana
Jul 13, 2013

"That killed me."

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

"You can't hardly ever simplify and unify something just because somebody wants you to" (24.21).

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

"Lots of times you don't know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most" (24.21).

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

"I like it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all" (24.19).

egarcia3401 Jul 09, 2013

"I hate actors. They neever act like people. They just think they do"

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 09, 2013

"I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do."

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 09, 2013

"People always clap for the wrong things."

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VampireHunterD
May 12, 2013

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”
“Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.”
Game, my a**. 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? Nothing. No game.

valentinavl Mar 29, 2013

"I mean how do you know what you're going to do until you do it? The answer is, you don't."

kyle64star Sep 04, 2012

i never seem to have anyting that if i lost it i,d care too much about

nazpakkal Aug 02, 2012

I just didn't feel like it

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andrewgraphics
Jul 25, 2012

That just kills me. I mean it.

kjc044 Jul 18, 2012

"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."


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