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  • I just never felt so fantastically rocky in my entire life.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • She said she knew she was able to fly because when she came down she always had dust on her fingers from touching the light bulbs.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • I love you to pieces, distraction, etc.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • She was not one for emptying her face of expression.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • I mean not try to analyze everything to death for once, if possible, especially me.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")


  • Sometimes I see me dead in the rain.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • I submit that Zooey's face was close to being a wholly beautiful face. As such, it was of course vulnerable to the same variety of glibly undaunted and usually specious evaluations that any legitimate art object is. I think it just remains to be said that any one of a hundred everyday menaces - a car accident, a head cold, a lie before breakfast - could have disfigured or coarsened his bounteous good looks in a day or a second.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • The color of his pallor, however, was a curiously basic white - unmixed, that is, with the greens and yellows of guilt or abject contrition. It was very like the standard bloodlessness in the face of a small boy who loves animals to distraction, all animals, and who has just seen his favourite, bunny-loving sister's expression as she opened the box containing his birthday present to her - a freshly caught young cobra, with a red ribbon tied in an awkward bow around its neck.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • Always, always, always referring every goddam thing that happens right back to our lousy little egos.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • 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, "Franny and Zooey")

  • The rest, with very little exaggeration, was books. Meant-to-be-picked-up books. Permanently-left-behind books. Uncertain-what-to-do-with books. But books, books. Tall cases lined three walls of the room, filled to and beyond capacity. The overflow had been piled in stacks on the floor. There was little space left for walking, and none whatever for pacing.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • Anyway, I started bitching one night before the broadcast. Seymour'd told me to shine my shoes just as I was going out the door with Waker. I was furious. The studio audience were all morons, the announcer was a moron, the sponsors were morons, and I just damn well wasn't going to shine my shoes for them, I told Seymour. I said they couldn't see them anyway, where we sat. He said to shine them anyway. He said to shine them for the Fat Lady.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • If I'd wanted this place to fill up with every fat Irish rose that passes by, I'd've said so.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • The room was not impressively large, even by Manhattan apartment-house standards, but its accumulated furnishings might have lent a snug appearance to a banquet hall in Valhalla.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")

  • Did you know, God damn it, that Les was all for bringing a tangerine in to you last night before he went to bed? My God. Even Bessie can't stand stories with tangerines in them. And God knows I can't. If you're going to go on with this breakdown business, I wish to hell you'd go back to college to have it. Where you're not the baby of the family. And where, God knows, nobody'll have any urges to bring you any tangerines. And where you don't keep your goddam tap shoes in the closet.
    (J.D. Salinger, "Franny and Zooey")


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