40 J. D. Salinger Quotes And Saying For Inspiration

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Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger led a very private life for more than a half-century. I hope these quotes by J. D. Salinger will inspire you positively.

Are all your stars shining?

– J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger Quotes

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

2. “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

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

4. “It’s really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes.” – J. D. Salinger

5. “If I were God, I certainly wouldn’t want people to love me sentimentally. It’s too unreliable.” – J. D. Salinger

6. “I don’t know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn’t make you happy.” – J. D. Salinger

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

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

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

10. “There are still a few men who love desperately.” – J. D. Salinger

11. “I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.” – J. D. Salinger

12. “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

13. “How do you know you’re going to do something, untill you do it?” – J. D. Salinger

14. “Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.” – J. D. Salinger

15. “The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.” – J. D. Salinger

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

17. “Hell is the suffering of being unable to love.” – J. D. Salinger

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

19. “You can’t exist in this world with such strong likes and dislikes.” – J. D. Salinger

20. “The human voice conspires to desecrate everything on Earth.” – J. D. Salinger

21. “An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms.” – J. D. Salinger

22. “A child is a guest in the house, to be loved and respected — never possessed, since he belongs to God.” – J. D. Salinger

23. “I never seem to have anything that if I lost it I’d care too much about.” – J. D. Salinger

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

25. “You think of the book you’d most like to be reading, and then you sit down and shamelessly write it.” – J. D. Salinger

26. “I have scars on my hands from touching certain people.” – J. D. Salinger

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

28. “People always clap for the wrong things.” – J. D. Salinger

29. “Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.” – J. D. Salinger

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

31. “Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.” – J. D. Salinger

32. “I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.” – J. D. Salinger

33. “Don’t hate me because I can’t remember some person immediately. Especially when they look like everybody else, and talk and dress and act like everybody else.” – J. D. Salinger

34. “It’s not too bad when the sun’s out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out.” – J. D. Salinger

35. “That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.” – J. D. Salinger

36. “Nothing one man can say can help another. Each must make his own way.” – J. D. Salinger

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

38. “If you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. Its a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. Its history. Its poetry.” – J. D. Salinger

39.Happiness is a solid and joy is a liquid.” – J. D. Salinger

40. “You have to stop trying to make other people ‘measure up.’ This is a standard only you can apply to yourself. It’s the only one you have the right to enforce.” – J. D. Salinger

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