70+ Best The Catcher in The Rye Quotes: Exclusive Selection

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. It was originally intended for adults but is often read by adolescents for its themes of angst, alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in society. It has been translated widely. Profoundly inspirational The Catcher in The Rye quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous The Catcher in The Rye Quotes

I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it. — The Catcher in the Rye

Grand. There’s a word I really hate. It’s a phony. I could puke every time I hear it. — The Catcher in the Rye

…Someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry. — The Catcher in the Rye

I think if you don’t really like a girl, you shouldn’t horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you’re supposed to like her face, and if you like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it, like squirting water all over it. — The Catcher in the Rye

You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it. — The Catcher in the Rye

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. — The Catcher in the Rye

People never notice anything. — The Catcher in the Rye

It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it. — The Catcher in the Rye

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. 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. — The Catcher in the Rye

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. — The Catcher in the Rye

It’s not too bad when the sun’s out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out. — The Catcher in the Rye

I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse. — The Catcher in the Rye

I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. 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 Catcher in the Rye

Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody. — The Catcher in the Rye

My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder’s mitt. He was left handed. The thing that was descriptive about it though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he’d have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up to bat. He’s dead now. — The Catcher in the Rye

But what I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most. I mean you can’t help it sometimes. — The Catcher in the Rye

I think that one of these days… you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you. — The Catcher in the Rye

I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do. — The Catcher in the Rye

People always clap for the wrong reasons. — The Catcher in the Rye

Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right — I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game. — The Catcher in the Rye

It’s really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes. — The Catcher in the Rye

I am always saying ‘Glad to’ve met you’ to somebody I’m not all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though. — The Catcher in the Rye

It always smelled like it was raining outside, even if it wasn’t, and you were in the only nice, dry, cozy place in the world. — The Catcher in the Rye

I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice. — The Catcher in the Rye

Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rule. — The Catcher in the Rye

That’s the whole trouble. You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you’re not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write F*** you right under your nose. — The Catcher in the Rye

I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood. — The Catcher in the Rye

If you sat around there long enough and heard all the phonies applauding and all, you got to hate everybody in the world, I swear you did. — The Catcher in the Rye

It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true. — The Catcher in the Rye

I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect. — The Catcher in the Rye

Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round… — The Catcher in the Rye

People are always ruining things for you. — The Catcher in the Rye

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. — The Catcher in the Rye

All morons hate it when you call them a moron. — The Catcher in the Rye

If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody. — The Catcher in the Rye

Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do. — The Catcher in the Rye

Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rule. Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it. — The Catcher in the Rye

If I were a piano player, I’d play it in the goddamn closet. — The Catcher in the Rye

Every time you mention some guy that’s strictly a bastard—very mean, or very conceited and all—and when you mention it to the girl, she’ll tell you he has an inferiority complex. Maybe he has, but that still doesn’t keep him from being a bastard, in my opinion. — The Catcher in the Rye

And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I’d probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up. — The Catcher in the Rye

Almost every time someone gives me a present, it ends up making me sad. — The Catcher in the Rye

If you weren’t around, I’d probably be someplace way the hell off. In the woods or some goddamn place. You’re the only reason I’m around, practically. — The Catcher in the Rye

If you do something too good, then after a while, if you don’t watch it, you start showing off. And then you’re not as good any more. — The Catcher in the Rye

The goddam movies. They can ruin you. I’m not kidding. — The Catcher in the Rye

I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. 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-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel even worse. — The Catcher in the Rye

I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am—I really do—but people never notice it. — The Catcher in the Rye

It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to. — The Catcher in the Rye

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. — The Catcher in the Rye

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. — The Catcher in the Rye

I don’t even know what I was running for—I guess I just felt like it. — The Catcher in the Rye

You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phoney stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they’re mean bastards at heart. — The Catcher in the Rye

I wouldn’t exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though. — The Catcher in the Rye

If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? — The Catcher in the Rye

Don’t tell people what you are thinking, or you will miss them terribly when you are away. — The Catcher in the Rye

Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell. — The Catcher in the Rye

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. — The Catcher in the Rye

I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it. — The Catcher in the Rye

I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go? I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away. — The Catcher in the Rye

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, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole… Nobody’d be different… The only thing that would be different would be you. — The Catcher in the Rye

I know he’s dead! Don’t you think I know that? I can still like him though, can’t I? Just because somebody’s dead, you don’t just stop liking them for God’s sake—especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all. — The Catcher in the Rye

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. — The Catcher in the Rye

Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behaviour. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry. — The Catcher in the Rye

Mothers are all slightly insane. — The Catcher in the Rye

Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. — The Catcher in the Rye

She was terrific to hold hands with. Most girls if you hold hands with them, their goddam hand dies on you, or else they think they have to keep moving their hand all the time, as if they were afraid they’d bore you or something. — The Catcher in the Rye

All you knew was, you were happy. You really were. — The Catcher in the Rye

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, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They drive you crazy. They really can. — The Catcher in the Rye

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