In 1951, J.D. Salinger published his novel The Catcher in the Rye. In fact, it’s a little novel but his success was enormous from the beginning. Being translated into almost all of the world’s major languages.
Adolescence and alienation are the topics. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is still an icon for teenage rebellion, a great antihero.
Yareah Magazine has selected here some of its favorite quotes. Enjoy them:
“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
“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.”
“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. 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 mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day.”
“It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.”
“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.”
“Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
“When you’re not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write “F.ck you” right under your nose.”
And now, a quote about Art:
“The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish…”
Finally, our favorite quote:
“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.”