35 Inspirational J. D. Salinger Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational J. D. Salinger Quotes On Success

Jerome David Salinger was an American writer best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Before its publication, Salinger published several short stories in Story magazine[1] and served in World War II. In 1948, his critically acclaimed story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” appeared in The New Yorker, which published much of his later work. The Catcher in the Rye was an immediate popular success. Salinger’s depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. May these J. D. Salinger Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.” J. D. Salinger

2. “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.” J. D. Salinger

3. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” J. D. Salinger

4. “I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.” J. D. Salinger

5. “I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.” J. D. Salinger

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

7. “A confessional passage has probably never been written that didn’t stink a little bit of the writer’s pride in having given up his pride.” J. D. Salinger

8. “I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.” J. D. Salinger

9. “I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else’s. I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting. It’s disgusting.” J. D. Salinger

10. “People always clap for the wrong reasons.” J. D. Salinger

11. “The world is full of actors pretending to be human.” J. D. Salinger

12. “Are all your stars shining?” J. D. Salinger

13. “Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly.” J. D. Salinger

14. “I have so much I want to tell you, and nowhere to begin.” J. D. Salinger

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

16. “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

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

18. “One day a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of.” J. D. Salinger

19. “Most stuff that is genuine is better left unsaid.” J. D. Salinger

20. “You’re lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddam phenomenal world.” J. D. Salinger

21. “The true poet has no choice of material. The material plainly chooses him, not he it.” J. D. Salinger

22. “Oh, this happiness is strong stuff.” J. D. Salinger

23. “Listen, if you’re not going to be a nun or something, you might as well laugh.” J. D. Salinger

24. “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

25. “Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.” J. D. Salinger

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

27. “I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood.” J. D. Salinger

28. “I have scars on my hands from touching certain people Certain heads, certain colours and textures of human hair leave permanent marks on me.” J. D. Salinger

29. “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. 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.” J. D. Salinger

30. “I love to write and I assure you I write regularly, But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.” J. D. Salinger

31. “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.” J. D. Salinger

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

33. “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.” J. D. Salinger

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

35. “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” J. D. Salinger

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