If you're going to go to war against thr System, just do your shooting like a nice, intelligent girl ? because the enemy's there, and not because you don't like his hairdo or his goddamn necktie.
Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.
I don't hate too many guys. What I may do, I may hate them for a little while, like this guy Stradlater I knew at Pencey, and this other boy, Robert Ackley. I hate them once in a while-I admit it-but it doesn't last too long, is what I mean. After a while, if I didn't see them, if they didn't come in the room, or if I didn't see them in the dining room for a couple of meals, I sort of missed them. I mean I sort of missed them.
It's one of those places that are supposed to be very sophisticated and all, and the phonies are coming in the window.
They gave Sally this little blue butt-twitcher of a dress to wear. She really did look damn good in it, though. I have to admit it. And don't think she didn't know it. She kept walking ahead of me, so that I'd see how cute her little ass looked. It did look pretty cute, too. I hate to admit it.
Sometimes I see me dead in the rain.
And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I'd probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.
I thought what I'd do was I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.
People never think anything is anything really. I'm getting goddam sick of it.
He seemed unaware of the messiness of the arrangement.
Your heart, Bessie, is an autumn garage.
Get your dirty stinking moron knees off my chest.
I'm the one flunking out of this goddam place, and you're asking me to write you a goddam composition.
That's what I liked about those nuns. You could tell, for one thing, that they never went anywhere swanky for lunch. It mad me so damn sad when I thought about it, their never going anywhere swanky for lunch or anything. I knew it wasn't too important, but it made me sad anyway.
If you're going to say the Jesus Prayer, at least say it to Jesus, and not to St. Francis and Seymour and Heidi's grandfather all wrapped up in one.
She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing. She looked as if her phone had been ringing continually ever since she had reached puberty.
I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do.
It's partly true, too, but it isn't all true. People always think something's all true.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
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.
Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row.
I took a look out the window before I left the room, though, to see how all the perverts were doing, but they all had their shades down. They were the heighth of modesty in the morning.
Real ugly girls have it tough. I feel so sorry for them sometimes.
I didn't want any degrees if all the ill-read literates and radio announcers and pedagogical dummies I knew had them by the peck.
You're lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddam phenomenal world.
God, I wish you could have been there.
In every school I've gone to, all the athletic bastards stick together.
The catcher in the rye... that's all I really want to be...
I'll tell you a terrible secret - Are you listening to me? There isn't anyone out there who isn't Seymour's Fat Lady.
She wrote to him fairly regularly, from a paradise of triple exclamation points and inaccurate observations.
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