If one could describe Holden Caulfield in three words, they’d probably be: Angsty, obnoxious, and anti-phony.
The sixteen-year-old protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s iconic and only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has annoyed, baffled, and offended readers since its release in 1951. His manic antics, obsession with calling out society, and sensitive statements have managed to make The Catcher in the Rye one of the most read novels (and most banned novels) of all-time. While some of his statements are indeed offensive and bizarre, this angsty teen has some pretty on-the-mark views about life.
Here are ten of Holden’s quotes about life that are pretty darn accurate.
1.“People never notice anything.”
2.”Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell.”
3.“That’s something that annoys the hell out of me- I mean if somebody says the coffee’s all ready and it isn’t.”
4.”I’m always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to someone I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
5. “It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”
6.“That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling very depressed, you can’t even think.”
7.“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.”
8.“Lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most.”
9. “People are always ruining things for you”
10. “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.”
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