Our Favorite Quotes from The Catcher in the Rye Are Here and You'll Agree

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Ah, the sweet smell of teenage rebellion.

Meaningful Quotes From The Catcher In The Rye

J.D. Salinger's classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye sticks with us more than we think. Remember that time you had to read the novel in high school? That might be the reason why these profound quotes sound a little too familiar. They hit way too close to home. Let's face it, there's nothing as inspiring as the passionate teenage rebellion of Holden Caulfield.

We have to admit, Holden is wise beyond his years. If you don't believe us, check out these insightful quotes from the book for yourself. He might have been a little (or extremely) dramatic in his ways, but that's just another reason to love him. Exploring issues of identity, loss of innocence, belonging, and loss, everyone has a bit of Holden inside of their heart.

We Can't Get Enough Of These Quotes From The Catcher In The Rye

  • "Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do."

  • "People are always ruining things for you."

  • "If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late?"

  • "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."

  • "That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can."

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

Relatable Quotes From The Catcher In The Rye

  • "Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will."

  • "I wouldn't exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out, though."

  • "I knew it wasn't too important, but it made me sad anyway."

  • "Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly."

  • "There isn't a nightclub in the world that you can sit in for a long time unless you can at least buy some liquor and get drunk. Or unless you're with some girl that really knocks you out."

  • "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 'Fuck you' right under your nose."

Inspiring Catcher In The Rye Quotes

  • "Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."

  • "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 hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do."

  • "It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road."

  • "I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."

  • "Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row."

Best Quotes From The Catcher In The Rye

  • "It's not too bad when the sun's out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out."

  • "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."

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

  • "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 buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

  • "I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be."

  • "I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice."

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