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I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody.
How do you know you’re going to do something, untill you do it? Mothers are all slightly insane.
I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.
I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.
How long should a man’s legs be? Long enough to touch the ground.
An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.
All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.
Its really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs.
I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.
Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.
Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.
The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.
I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.
It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it.
It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.
I don’t even like old cars. I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.
I’m aware that many of my friends will be saddened and shocked, or shock-saddened, over some of the chapters in ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’
Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all my best friends are children. It’s almost unbearable for me to realize that my book will be kept on a shelf, out of their reach.
People never notice anything.
I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
Some stories, my property, have been stolen. Someone’s appropriated them. It’s an illicit act. It’s unfair. Suppose you had a coat you liked, and somebody went into your closet and stole it. That’s how I feel.
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.
There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It’s peaceful. Still.
Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy.
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