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Catcher in the Rye Significant Quotes
Transcript of Catcher in the Rye Significant Quotes
Being intellectual and cool
No self confidence
"One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all.... For instance, they had this head- master, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life.....He'd be charming as hell and all. Except if some boy had little old funny- looking parents.... if a boy's mother was sort of fat or corny-looking ... , then old Haas would just shake hands with them and give them a phony smile and then he'd go to talk, for maybe half an /hour/, with somebody else's parents. I can't stand that stuff. It drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed I go crazy. I hated that goddam Elkton Hills."
" The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move. You could go there a hundred thousand time...Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you'd be so much older or anything. It wouldn't be that exactly. You'd just be different, that's all. You'd have an overcoat on this time. Or that kid that was your partner in line last time had got scarlet fever and you'd have a new partner. Or you'd have a substitute taking the class, instead of Miss Aigletinger. Or you'd heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. Or you'd just passed by one of those puddles in the street with gasoline rainbows in them. I mean you'd be different in some way – I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."
"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"
"I got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost wished I was dead... Boy, did I feel rotten. I felt so damn lonesome."
Catcher in the Rye Significant Quotes
"The funny part was, though, we were the worst skaters on the whole goddamn rink. I mean the worst. And there were some lulus”
"What made it worse, it was so quiet and lonesome out, even though it was Saturday night. I didn't see hardly anybody on the street New York's terrible when somebody laughs on the street very late at night. You can hear it for miles. It makes you feel so lonesome and depressed"
Everybody has a place to go
"I'm quite illiterate but I read a lot."
classics and novels
"I was crying and all. I don't know why, but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome."
"At the end of the first act we went out with all the other jerks for a cigarette. What a deal that was. You never saw so many phonies in all your life, everybody smoking their ears off and talking about the play so that everybody could hear and know how sharp they were."
". . . 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’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all."
“I have a feeling that you’re riding for some kind of terrible, terrible fall. . . . The whole arrangement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. . . . So they gave up looking.”