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J.D. Salinger Quotes: Best Sayings From 'Catcher In The Rye' Author

First Posted: 03/30/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

Jd Salinger Quotes
J.D. Salinger quotes

In honor of J.D. Salinger, who died today at 91, HuffPost Books collected some of the best Salinger quotes.

You may want to share these Salinger quotes with loved ones as a tribute to the author, best known for "Catcher in the Rye":

"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

"Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phoney. I could puke every time I hear it"

"I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."

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

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

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

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

"It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it."

"That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write "F*** you" right under your nose."

"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."

How did "Catcher in the Rye" change your life? Where were you the first time you read "A Perfect Day For Bananafish?" Who did you fall more in love with: Franny or Zooey?

In remembering J.D. Salinger HuffPost is askings its readers to share their favorite memories of the iconic American author and his work.
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