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Motivational J. D. Salinger Quotes and Sayings

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

J. D. Salinger Quotes:- Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer known for his widely read novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Following his early success publishing short stories and The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger led a very private life for more than a half-century. He published his final work in 1965 and gave his last interview in 1980.

Salinger was raised in Manhattan and began writing short stories while in secondary school. Several were published in Story magazine in the early 1940s before he began serving in World War II.

In 1948, his critically acclaimed story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” appeared in The New Yorker magazine, which became home to much of his later work. The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 and became an immediate popular success.


Inspirational J. D. Salinger Quotes


“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”– J. D. Salinger


“How do you know you’re going to do something, until you do it?”– J. D. Salinger


“I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”– J. D. Salinger


“Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.”– J. D. Salinger


“I’m known as a strange, aloof kind of man. But all I’m doing is trying to protect myself and my work.”– J. D. Salinger

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.”– J. D. Salinger


“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”– J. D. Salinger


“It’s really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.”– 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.”– J. D. Salinger


“If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody.”– J. D. Salinger


 Most Famous Quotes By J. D. Salinger


“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.”– J. D. Salinger


“People never notice anything.”– J. D. Salinger


“I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.”– J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger Quotes

“You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phony stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they’re mean bastards at heart.”– J. D. Salinger


“What I like best is a book that’s at least funny once in a while. 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


“How long should a man’s legs be? Long enough to touch the ground.”– J. D. Salinger


“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”– J. D. Salinger


 Best J.D. Salinger Quotes And Sayings


“He had a theory, Walt did, that the religious life, and all the agony that goes with it, is just something God sics on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world.”– J. D. Salinger


“The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.


“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”– J. D. Salinger


“There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.”– J. D. Salinger


“Mothers are all slightly insane.”– J. D. Salinger


“Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”– J. D. Salinger


J. D. Salinger Quotes About loves


“I don’t really deeply feel that anyone needs an airtight reason for quoting from the works of writers he loves, but it’s always nice, I’ll grant you if he has one.”– J. D. Salinger


“They didn’t act like people and they didn’t act like actors. It’s hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good.”– J. D. Salinger


“People never believe you.”– J. D. Salinger


“It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it.”– J. D. Salinger


“I don’t necessarily intend to publish posthumously, but I do like to write for myself.”– J. D. Salinger