Quotes from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’

I liked the tone of J. D. Salinger‘s book a lot: hilarious but full of insightful comments throughout. Holden Caulfield vividly reflects the teenage turmoil we’ve all been [being?] through. On par with George Carlin’s shows, the novel is a good example of using ‘bad’ language for a noble purpose. Thumbs up!

  • People never notice anything.
  • People never believe you.
  • 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 half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.
  • That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.
  • People never give your message to anybody.
  • I’m psychic.
  • I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. 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.
  • People are mostly hot to have a discussion when you’re not.
  • It’s hopeless, anyway. 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.
  • You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any.
  • She‘s a madman sometimes.
  • I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I know?
  • Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

Some interesting (approximate) stats about the text itself:

  • the word ‘bastard’ appears 62 times.
  • the word ‘crazy’ appears 77 times.
  • the word ‘kill’ and its other forms appear 64 times.
  • the word ‘hell’ appears 281 times in the book!
  • the word ‘madman’ appears 16 times.
  • the word ‘crap’ appears 27 times.
  • the word ‘goddam’ appears 245 times!
  • and the word ‘damn’ another 125 times (‘darn’ 4 times)

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