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Born: 1919-01-01
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty... you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.

Tags: Love, Pretty, Time

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

Tags: Happiness, Happy, Paranoid

I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.

Tags: God, Respect, Wish

Mothers are all slightly insane.

Tags: Insane, Mothers, Slightly

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.

Tags: Anyone, Artist, Else

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

Tags: Call, Hate, Moron

The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.

Tags: Artist, Unhappy, Worst

I don't even like old cars. I'd rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God's sake.

Tags: God, Human, Old

I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.

Tags: Exactly, Mean

If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody.

Tags: Girl, Nobody, She

I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.

Tags: Courage, Nobody, Sick

I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.

Tags: Liar, Life, Terrific

I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.

Tags: Illiterate, Quite, Read

You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phoney stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they're mean bastards at heart.

Tags: Heart, Mean, Movies

How long should a man's legs be? Long enough to touch the ground.

Tags: Enough, Ground, Touch

Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.

Tags: Hard, Roommates, Suitcases

It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.

Tags: Funny, Nobody

Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.

Tags: Hell, Making, Money

How do you know you're going to do something, untill you do it?

Tags: Admit, Hardly, Stupid

People never believe you.

Tags: Notice

He had a theory, Walt did, that the religious life, and all the agony that goes with it, is just something God sics on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world.

Tags: God, Him, Life

They didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good.

Tags: Good, Hard, Mean