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Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#1. I don't give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am - I really do - but people never notice it. People never notice anything. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Craig Silvey
#2. And I realize I've been betrayed by the two vices that fiction promised me I'd adore. Sal Paradise held up bottles of booze like a housewife in a detergent commercial. Holden Caulfield reached for his cigarettes like an act of faith. Even Huckleberry Finn tapped on his pipe with relief and satisfaction. If sex turns out to be this bad, I'm never reading again. #Quote by Craig Silvey
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#3. What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would've done it, too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed. I didn't want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all gory. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by E.L. Doctorow
#4. So the Trustees of Ohio State were right in 1956 when they canned the English instructor for assigning Catcher in the Rye to his freshman class. They knew there is no qualitative difference between the kid who thinks it's funny to fart in chapel, and Che Guevara. They knew then Holden Caulfield would found SDS. #Quote by E.L. Doctorow
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#5. 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. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Tony Kornheiser
#6. Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She's got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt ... way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now ... She's got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body ... I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't ... but Hannah Storm ... come on now! Stop! What are you doing? ... She's what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point. #Quote by Tony Kornheiser
Holden Caulfield quotes by Mark David Chapman
#7. I'm sure the large part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil. #Quote by Mark David Chapman
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#8. Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. 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. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Rebecca Makkai
#9. I'd forgotten that all runaway stories end like this. Everyone goes home. Dorothy clicks her way back to Kansas, Ulysses sails his way home to his wife, Holden Caulfield breaks into his own apartment ... Here I was, just like Ian, just like Dorothy and everyone else, heading back home at last ... You think you can't go home again? It's the only place you can *ever* go. #Quote by Rebecca Makkai
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#10. That's something that annoys the hell out of me- I mean if somebody says the coffee's all ready and it isn't #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#11. I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetery, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say 'Holden Caulfield' on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say 'Fuck you.' I'm positive, in fact. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#12. Lawyers are alright, I guess - but it doesn't appeal to me", I said. "I mean they're alright if they go around saving innocent guys' lives all the time, and like that, but you don't do that kind of stuff if you're a lawyer. All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot. And besides, even if you did go around saving guys' lives and all, how would you know if you did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives, or because you did it because what you really wanted to do was be a terrific lawyer, with everybody slapping you on the back and congratulating you in court when the goddam trial was over, the reporters and everybody, the way it is in the dirty movies? How would you know you weren't being a phony? The trouble is you wouldn't. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Danusha Laméris
#13. Fictional Characters"


Do they ever want to escape?
Climb out of the white pages
and enter our world?

Holden Caulfield slipping in the movie theater
to catch the two o'clock
Anna Karenina sitting in a diner,
reading the paper as the waitress
serves up a cheeseburger.

Even Hector, on break from the Iliad,
takes a stroll through the park,
admires the tulips.

Maybe they grew tired
of the author's mind,
all its twists and turns.

Or were finally weary
of stumbling around Pamplona,
a bottle in each fist,
eating lotuses on the banks of the Nile.

For others, it was just too hot
in the small California town
where they'd been written into
a lifetime of plowing fields.

Whatever the reason,
here they are, roaming the city streets
rain falling on their phantasmal shoulders.

Wouldn't you, if you could?
Step out of your own story,
to lean against a doorway
of the Five & Dime, sipping your coffee,

your life, somewhere far behind you,
all its heat and toil nothing but a tale
resting in the hands of a stranger,
the sidewalk ahead wet and glistening.

"Fictional Characters" by Danusha Laméris from The Moons of August. © Autumn House Press, 2014. Reprinted with permission #Quote by Danusha Laméris
Holden Caulfield quotes by Sarah Ockler
#14. Aaaand we have a winnerrrrr!" a man shouts into the mic in a singsong carnival voice as I lick the last of Patrick's ice cream from my fingers. "Pick out a prize for the beautiful girl."
"For you," Patrick says, kneeling in front of me with a moose in his outstretched hands.
I pull the stuffed animal to my chest. "Thank you. I shall love him always. I shall call him Holden Caulfield."
"From the book?"
"Yes, from the book. You were reading it when I saw you my first day here."
"You remember that?"
"It's one of my favorite books," I say.
"You were totally checking me out."
"Patrick! Not in front of Holden Caulfield!" I cover the moose's floppy ears with my hands, hoping neither he nor Patrick sees the red flooding my cheeks. #Quote by Sarah Ockler
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#15. Don't tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

- Holden Caulfield
The Catcher in the Rye #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Harper Lee
#16. Now ... in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, ipods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. #Quote by Harper Lee
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Sallinger
#17. What I mean is, lots of time you don't know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most. I mean you can't help it sometimes. What I think is, you're supposed to leave somebody alone if he's at least being interesting and he's getting all excited about something. I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice. #Quote by J.D. Sallinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#18. Money always ends up making you blue. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#19. 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. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Lily Koppel
#20. Royal Young's memoir is about a dreamer, set in the post- apocalyptic celebrity world of today, and Young, who grew up in New York - like Holden Caulfield if he wanted to be famous - is looking for adventure and action and becomes entangled in all sorts of romantic and sordid relationships. He points out the perplexing tragedy (and good fortune, I think) of what it means to be talented and rebellious, but not a celebrity. #Quote by Lily Koppel
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#21. When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to interrupt my worrying to go. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Camille Perri
#22. I was basically the Holden Caulfield of adult dating. #Quote by Camille Perri
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#23. She was terrific to hold hands with. Most girls if you hold hands with them, their goddam hand dies on you, or else they think they have to keep moving their hand all the time, as if they were afraid they'd bore you or something. Jane was different. We'd get into a goddam movie or something, and right away we'd start holding hands, and we wouldn't quit till the movie was over. And without changing the position or making a big deal out of it. You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#24. the sentence im reading is terrific ... #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by David Lodge
#25. J. D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield is a literary descendant of Huck Finn: more educated and sophisticated, the son of affluent New Yorkers, but like Huck a youthful runaway from a world of adult hypocrisy, venality and, to use one of his own favourite words, phoniness. What particularly appals Holden is the eagerness of his peers to adopt that corrupt grownup behaviour. #Quote by David Lodge
Holden Caulfield quotes by Frank Portman
#26. Jane Gallagher had wanted to know what time it was, but for some reason Holden Caulfield hadn't wanted Stradlater to tell her. When Stradlater refused to tell Holden Caulfieldwhether or not he had told Jane Gallagher what time it was, Holden Caulfield became enraged and attacked him in a fit or horological savagery, possibly because he was mentally ill and hated anyone byt him knowing what time it was #Quote by Frank Portman
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#27. I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Gabrielle Zevin
#28. Her mother likes to say that novels have ruined Amelia for real men. This observation insults Amelia because it implies that she only reads books with classically romantic heroes. She does not mind the occasional novel with a romantic hero but her reading taste are far more varied than that. Furthermore, she adores Humbert Humbert as a character while accepting the fact that she wouldn't really want him for a life partner, a boyfriend, or even a casual acquaintance. She feels the same way about Holden Caulfield, and Misters Rochester and Darcy. #Quote by Gabrielle Zevin
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#29. If a body catch a body coming through the rye. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Shaun David Hutchinson
#30. We're all Holden Caulfield at fifteen, but when we grow up we want to be Atticus Finch #Quote by Shaun David Hutchinson
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#31. There's no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It's all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Autumn Doughton
#32. Holden Caulfield people are the bane of my existence. #Quote by Autumn Doughton
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#33. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#34. I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#35. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. - Holden Caulfield #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Beth Bailey
#36. A Nation of Outsiders is smart, insightful, and politically astute. Grace Hale's analysis of the 'romance of the outsider' is necessary reading for anyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of our national obsession with 'authenticity'-as well as for anyone who might be curious about what Jerry Falwell and Holden Caulfield have in common. #Quote by Beth Bailey
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#37. I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't you feel even worse. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by T.J. Klune
#38. It's the hipsters," David said. "It's retro. They need a place to convene and argue whether Holden Caulfield was deep or just a spoiled brat. #Quote by T.J. Klune
Holden Caulfield quotes by Josh Hutcherson
#39. Holden Caulfield is the best character in literature, period. #Quote by Josh Hutcherson
Holden Caulfield quotes by Tiffanie DeBartolo
#40. I'd never seen that look on another face before, had never identified it in another person. I'd only met with it in fiction. But everyone falls in love with Holden Caulfield when they're sixteen. They read Catcher in the Rye and don't feel so alone. #Quote by Tiffanie DeBartolo
Holden Caulfield quotes by David Levithan
#41. Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of what we mean by the phrase "young adult" – too young to be a grown-up, but too wise to the world to be completely innocent. He's caught in the in-between, and that in-between is what all young adult authors write about. #Quote by David Levithan
Holden Caulfield quotes by John Green
#42. We have a bad habit of seeing books as sort of cheaply made movies where the words do nothing but create visual narratives in our heads.
So too often what passes for literary criticism is "I couldn't picture that guy", or "I liked that part", or "this part shouldn't have happened." That is, we've left language so far behind that sometimes we judge quality solely based on a story's actions.
So we can appreciate a novel that constructs its conflicts primarily through plot - the layered ambiguity of a fatal car accident caused by a vehicle owned by Gatsby but driven by someone else, for instance. But in this image-drenched world, sometimes we struggle to appreciate and celebrate books where the quality arises not exclusively from plot but also from the language itself. #Quote by John Green
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#43. 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. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#44. I was surrounded by phonies ... They were coming in the goddam window. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#45. Dont's ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everyone- Holden Caulfield #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Lia Riley
#46. I glance at the red-stenciled words crossing my chest - HOLDEN CAULFIELD IS MY HOMEBOY. #Quote by Lia Riley
Holden Caulfield quotes by Brett Martin
#47. In what must surely be considered one of the great lost scripts of history (or a Saturday Night Live sketch), Chase brought his usual sensibility to a trial run, having Kevin discover The Catcher in the Rye and start smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, and conversing with the shade of Holden Caulfield. #Quote by Brett Martin
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#48. The trouble with girls is, if they like a boy, no matter how big a bastard he is, they'll say he has an inferiority complex, and if they don't like him, no matter how nice a guy he is, or how big an inferiority complex he has, they'll say he's conceited. Even smart girls do it. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Robert Yeo
#49. But seriously Holden, what is the island called now?"

"Sentosa," Holden said romantically and with a flourish of his unoccupied left hand.

"Sentosa. Sounds romantic all right. So this is the progress you're talking about? #Quote by Robert Yeo
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#50. Girls with their legs crossed, girls with their legs not crossed, girls with terrific legs, girls with lousy legs, girls that looked like swell girls, girls that looked like they'd be bitches if you knew them. It was really nice sightseeing, if you know what I mean. In a way, it was sort of depressing, too, because you kept wondering what the hell would happen to all of them. When they got out of school and college, I mean. You figured most of them would probably marry dopey guys. Guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddam cars. Guys that get sore and childish as hell if you beat them at golf, or even just some stupid game like ping-pong. Guys that are very mean. Guys that never read books. Guys that are very boring - But I have to be careful about that. I mean about calling certain guys bores. I don't understand boring guys. I really don't. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Anthony Holden
#51. If you have an anecdote from one source, you file it away. If you hear it again, it may be true. Then the more times you hear it the less likely it is to be true. #Quote by Anthony Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#52. I feel alive and heavy with emotion, heavy like a tide that threatens to pull you under, but you somehow know it won't because your heart is buoyant enough to keep you afloat no matter what. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#53. It's one of those books that even though you like it, it manages to get better each time, and you find yourself falling in love with it all over again. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Maculategiraffe
#54. But nothing in here can hurt you unless I make it," said Holden gently, "so it's really me you're afraid of, right? #Quote by Maculategiraffe
Holden Caulfield quotes by Anthony Holden
#55. The good news is that in every deck of fifty-two cards there are 2,598,960 possible hands. The bad news is that you are only going to be dealt one of them. #Quote by Anthony Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#56. Besides, I don't want to steal your thunder," I tease. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#57. Imagine for a moment that you were free of all the expectations in your life. What would you do? How would you live your life with no one watching? What would your future look like? #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#58. Every time you mention some guy that's strictly a bastard - very mean, or very conceited and all - and when you mention it to the girl, she'll tell you he has an inferiority complex. Maybe he has, but that still doesn't keep him from being a bastard, in my opinion. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Amanda Holden
#59. I'm in the lucky position financially where I don't have to do things I don't want to do. #Quote by Amanda Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Amanda Holden
#60. I was a prefect at school, I never had a tattoo, got a detention or pierced my ears more than once. #Quote by Amanda Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Brian Celio
#61. I'm just like any other person you can meet and greet on the street and like or not like. I'm not Holden or Humbert. You can really touch me! If you don't believe me, come to Aristod right now. Come hold and hump me! #Quote by Brian Celio
Holden Caulfield quotes by Laurie Holden
#62. I've worked with Frank [Darabont] on two collaborations, The Majestic with Jim Carrey and Stephen King's The Mist. #Quote by Laurie Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#63. People never think anything is anything really. I'm getting goddam sick of it. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#64. It's not about living them when it's easy and convenient; it's about loving them even more when it's hard. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kara Holden
#65. Why can't people just like me for who I am?"

"Nobody likes anybody for who they are. That's why we have to pretend to be better than who we are and then let people
find out the truth later, you know, once they've already invested."

"That makes you sound like a psychopath. #Quote by Kara Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by J.D. Salinger
#66. Women kill me. They really do. I don't mean I'm oversexed or anything like that - although I am quite sexy. I just like them, I mean. They're always leaving their goddam bags out in the middle of the aisle. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#67. Oh, fuck it. Yes, I'm in love with her. I honestly can't remember a time that I wasn't. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kristen Ashley
#68. Nina's eyes narrowed. "I'll remind you, Holden Maxwell, father of my children, love of my life, that we just met Reece and perhaps he doesn't wish to listen to us squabbling."
Max looked at Ham. "Kiss that good-bye. We'll be fightin' on and off through dinner. Prepare. She gets riled, we're all fucked. #Quote by Kristen Ashley
Holden Caulfield quotes by Diana Palmer
#69. Tell me!" Cecily insisted later, shaking Colby by both arms.
"Cut it out, you'll dismember me," Colby said, chuckling.
She let go of the artificial arm and wrapped both hands around the good one. "I want to know. Listen, this is my covert operation. You're just a stand-in!"
"I promised I wouldn't tell."
"You promised in Lakota. Tell me in English what you promised in Lakota."
He gave in. He did tell her, but not Leta, what was said, but only about the men coming to the reservation soon.
"We'll need the license plate number," she said. "It can be traced.
"Oh, of course," he said facetiously. "They'll certainly come here with their own license plate on the car so that everyone knows who they are!"
"Damn!"
He chuckled at her irritation. He was about to tell her about his alternative method when a big sport utility vehicle came flying down the dirt road and pulled up right in front of Leta's small house.
Tate Winthrop got out, wearing jeans and a buckskin jacket and sunglasses. His thick hair fell around his shoulders and down his back like a straight black silk curtain. Cecily stared at it with curious fascination. In all the years she'd known him, she'd very rarely seen his hair down.
"All you need is the war paint," Colby said in a resigned tone. He turned the uninjured cheek toward the newcomer. "Go ahead. I like matching scars."
Tate took off the dark glasses and looked from Cecily to Colby without smiling. "Holden #Quote by Diana Palmer
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kate Holden
#70. Nakedness is nakedness. We all wanted comfort. #Quote by Kate Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by William Holden
#71. When you side with a man, you stay with him. And if you can't do that, you're like some animal. You're finished. We're finished. All of us. #Quote by William Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Rudyard Kipling
#72. Holden went to his bungalow and began to understand that he was not alone in the world, and also that he was afraid for the sake of another,
which is the most soul-satisfying fear known to man. #Quote by Rudyard Kipling
Holden Caulfield quotes by Liz Schulte
#73. Holden's point of view: 'I didn't say anything for the rest of the trip to Barker's house. Quintus kept talking until I could feel a vein twitching in my forehead. I had never been so happy to see Baker in my life than when his house finally came into view. #Quote by Liz Schulte
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#74. Sometimes the future is overrated. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Alfa Holden
#75. I hear you knocking but I can't let you in. The last time almost killed me.
Love,
My heart #Quote by Alfa Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Laurie Holden
#76. I feel defensive about my character because I really love Andrea, and we share the same heart. #Quote by Laurie Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by William Holden
#77. Movie acting may not have a certain kind of glory as true art, but it is damn hard work. #Quote by William Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#78. You do epic like no one else. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#79. Somebody's on a man hunt. And she's accepting all applicants with a big wallet, a penis, and a beating heart. Good luck with that. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Robert Holden
#80. A job is a sacrifice. Following an interest - that's a contribution. And we're here on the planet, not to sacrifice ourselves, but to make a contribution. #Quote by Robert Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#81. Smiles aren't always happy, but hers is. It's open, content, and confident. #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Claire Holden Rothman
#82. Maybe a certain degree of deprivation was necessary to the experience of pleasure, just as suffering was an integral part of joy. #Quote by Claire Holden Rothman
Holden Caulfield quotes by Kim Holden
#83. A heart full of words
And an uncooperative mouth
Make an unfortunate pairing #Quote by Kim Holden
Holden Caulfield quotes by Anthony Holden
#84. I first got to know Charles in the late seventies when I wrote an article and then a book about him and I think at the time he came across as quite appealing, it was probably the height of his popularity. #Quote by Anthony Holden

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