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A list of J.D. Salinger quotes. Here are the best quotes by J.D. Salinger on various subjects, including life, death, writing, and other topics. These novelist J.D. Salinger quotations cover the several decades of his career, and include famous quotes from his novels, short stories, and speeches. These memorable quotations have become part of the collective conscience of J.D. Salinger's contemporaries and will be remembered for generations.

J.D. Salinger is one of the most legendary writers of his time. His landmark novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was an immediate popular success and remains an iconic work. His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the main character Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. He released a volume of short stories before disappearing from the public eye in 1965.

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Don't ever tell anybody an... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

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It's funny. All you have t... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.

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The mark of the immature man i... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
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.

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I don't know what good it ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
I don't know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy.

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There isn’t a nightclub in the... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
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.

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I am a kind of paranoiac in re... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

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An artist's only concern i... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.

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This is God's universe, bu... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
This is God's universe, buddy, not yours, and he has the final say about what's ego and what isn't.

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Poets are always taking the we... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.

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Mothers are all slightly insan... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Mothers are all slightly insane.

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I was about half in love with ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
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.

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I pay for this kind of attitud... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
I pay for this kind of attitude. I'm known as a strange, aloof kind of man. But all I'm doing is trying to protect myself and my work.

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Life is a game, boy. Life is a... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.

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Its really hard to be roommate... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.

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Don't ever tell anybody an... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

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Grand. There's a word I re... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phoney. I could puke every time I hear it.

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It was a very stupid thing to ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it.

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I'm sick of just liking pe... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.

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All morons hate it when you ca... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

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The worst thing that being an ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list J.D. Salinger Quotes
The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.