Friday, January 29, 2010

Farewell J.D. Salinger and Holden Caulfield!

"Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad."
 Holden Caulfield in Chapter 7

"People always clap for the wrong things."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 12

"I'm always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 12

"I mean most girls are so dumb and all. After you neck them for a while, you can really watch them losing their brains. You take a girl when she really gets passionate, she just hasn't any brains."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 13

"Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 15

"He was singing that song, "If a body catch a body coming through the rye." He had a pretty little voice too. He was just singing for the hell of it, you could tell. The cars zoomed by, the brakes screeched all over the place, his parents paid no attention to him, and he kept on walking next to the kerb and singing "If a body catch a body coming through the rye." It made me feel better. It made me feel not so depressed anymore."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 16

"It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 21

"If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the 'Fuck you' signs in the world. It's impossible."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 25

"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 26, closing words of book


  1. Catcher in the Rye is on my list of books to read. I think I attended the only school where it wasn't required reading.

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  2. Brilliant post, Kate. I woke to find he had died and am so pleased you've posted so many of his brilliant words. Bravo.

  3. bel hommage pour cet écrivain qui a marqué toute une génération de lecteur

  4. An excellent tribute, Kate!!

  5. Wonderful tribute!!

  6. Nice, Kate.However, we will never say goodbye to Holden Caulfield who will live forever. Only to J.D. Salinger. Still salient and intuitive.

  7. Gone but never forgotten.

  8. He's not really gone. He's just a little bit more reclusive than he was before. He and Holden will be with us always.

  9. Very nice tribute Kate!

  10. I have read an reread the Catcher and most of the Glass family stories.
    He was great, one of the greatest!

  11. Thank you for these beautiful quotes... Time for me to read the Catcher again!


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