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Her joke of a name aside, her general unprettiness aside, she was, in terms of permanently memorable, immoderately perceptive, small-area faces, a stunning and final girl.


J.D. Salinger

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This whole goddamn house stinks of ghosts.
J.D. SALINGER
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was bor...
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People never think anything is anything really. I'm getting goddam sick of it.
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Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm goin...
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Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.
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Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. - Holden Caulfield
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Then the carousel started, and I watched her go round and round...All the kids tried to grap for the...
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Probably for every man there is at least one city that sooner or later turns into a girl. How well o...
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There is a marvelous peace in not publishing ... I like to write. I love to write. But I write just ...
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I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to b...
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I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
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He once told Allie and I that if he'd had to shoot anybody, he wouldn't've known which direction to ...
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I thought what I'd do was I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.
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Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.
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Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightene...
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But I'm Crazy. I swear to God I am.
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I figured I could get a job at a filling station somewhere, putting gas and oil in people's cars. I ...
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But you don't have to be a bad guy to depress somebody-you can be a good guy and do it.
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It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt l...
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The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'...
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People are always ruining things for you.
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When you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to ...
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I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.
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That digression business got on my nerves. I don't now. The trouble with me is, I like it whe...
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It's 'If a body meet a body coming through the rye'!" old Phoebe said. "It's a poem. By Robert Burns...
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I don’t even like old cars. I mean, they don’t even interest me at all. I'd rather have a goddam...
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I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead.
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Mary Jane. Listen. Please," Eloise said, sobbing. "You remember our freshman year, and I had that br...
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Look at 'em,' he said. 'Goddam fools.' 'Who?' said Ginnie. 'I don't know. Anybody.
J.D. SALINGER
My father wrote beautifully,” Esmé interrupted. “I’m saving a number of his letters for poste...
J.D. SALINGER
You know that apple Adam ate in the Garden of Eden, referred to in the Bible?' he asked. 'You know w...
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He said I was unequipped to meet life because I had no sense of humor.
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I felt so damn happy all of a sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn ne...
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If I were a piano player, I'd play it in the goddam closet.
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Every time you mention some guy that's strictly a bastard— very mean, or very conceited and all—...
J.D. SALINGER
It's not too bad when the sun's out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out.
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Sleep tight, ya morons!
J.D. SALINGER
You're going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you've got to start going there.
J.D. SALINGER
Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, som...
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And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or s...
J.D. SALINGER
Listen, I don't care what you say about my race, creed, or religion, Fatty, but don't tell me I'm no...
J.D. SALINGER
Almost every time somebody gives me a present, it ends up making me sad.
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The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy...
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She wrote to him fairly regularly, from a paradise of triple exclamation points and inaccurate obser...
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I privately say to you, old friend... please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of early-bloo...
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You're lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddam phenomenal world.
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It’s history. It’s poetry.
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I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.
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Mothers are all slightly insane.
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It may be the kind where, at the age of thirty, you sit in some bar hating everybody who comes in lo...
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Then I’d throw my automatic down the elevator shaft-after I’d wiped off all the fingerprints and...
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D.B. asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you about. I didn't know w...
J.D. SALINGER
I hate saying corny things like "traveling incognito." But when I'm with somebody that's corny, I al...
J.D. SALINGER
As much as anything else, it was a stare, not so paradoxically, of a privacy-lover who, once his pri...
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O tipo da marinha e eu dissemos um ao outro que tinha sido um prazer. Que é uma coisa que me deixa ...
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But what I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking abo...
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-Hey, listen," I said. "You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That litt...
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It's such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean, how do you know what you're going to do till you...
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Keep me up till five because all your stars are out, and for no other reason…Oh dare to do it Budd...
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The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying rise in Islamic terrorism.
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lost its lock on its original target.
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