J.D. Salinger was born 1 January 1919, and died 27 January 2010.
10 Quotes: J.D. Salinger
- An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
- There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.
- I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
- It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.
- All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
- She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.
- Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. 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.
- The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.
- I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
- I love to write and I assure you I write regularly… But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.
J.D. Salinger was an American writer. He is best known for writing The Catcher in the Rye, which was a hugely popular success. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, became an icon of adolescence, alienation, and loss. The novel still sells 250 000 copies a year. Salinger became reclusive in his later years, and published new work less frequently.
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