The Catcher in the Rye Quotes

J.D. Salinger's famous and controversial novel

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye. Little Brown & Co.

The Catcher in the Rye is the famous novel by J.D. Salinger. It is the most well known of his books and his only full-length novel. The work has been popular and controversial, and a number of the quotes from this book ​has been cited as evidence of its inappropriate nature. The Catcher in the Rye is often studied in American literature. Here are just a few quotes from this popular novel.​

Quotes

  • "What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a goodbye. 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 goodbye or a bad goodbye, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 1
  • "I don't even know what I was running for - I guess I just felt like it."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 1
  • "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."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 1
  • "People always think something's all true."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 2
  • "People never notice anything."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 2
  • "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."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 3
  • "When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to interrupt my worrying to go."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 6
  • "All morons hate it when you call them a moron."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 6
  • "In my mind, I'm probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 9
  • "It's really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 9
  • "There isn't any night club in the world you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you're with some girl that really knocks you out."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 13
  • "Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell."
    - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. 15

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