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'The Catcher in the Rye' Quotes

J.D. Salinger's Famous & Controversial Novel

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Little Brown & Co.

The Catcher in the Rye is the famous novel by J.D. Salinger. It is the work for which Salinger is best known. The work has been popular and controversial, and number of the quotes from this book have been cited as evidence of its inappropriate nature. The Catcher in the Rye is often studied in American literature. Here are just a few quotes from The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

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  • "What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 1
  • "I don't even know what I was running for - I guess I just felt like it."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 1
  • "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, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 1
  • "People always think something's all true."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 2
  • "People never notice anything."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 2
  • "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."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 3
  • "When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to interrupt my worrying to go."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 6
  • "All morons hate it when you call them a moron."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 6
  • "In my mind, I'm probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 9
  • "It's really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 9
  • "There isn't any night club in the world 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, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 13
  • "Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 15

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