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10 Holden Caulfield Quotes About Life That Are 100% Accurate

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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You Need to Listen to Holden Caulfield’s Spotify Playlist

Oh, Holden Caulfied. You have captured the minds of young folk with your phenomenal angst, and sublime dedication to labeling everyone besides yourself as an unbelievable phony. Unfortunately, your creator has passed (R.I.P. J. D. Salinger, January 27th, 2010), but, while your distaste for subscribing to the norm still exists, I wonder what would’ve been playing in your headphones during those drunken cab rides in New York.


Who was motivating your bitterness? Here are a selection of songs that Holden, in my opinion, would have been fond of. It is one of your favorite literary character’s Spotify playlist, a Holden-esque montage of self-loathing that would make Sally Hayes furious, but perhaps Pheobe would enjoy. He would probably call me a phony for even doing this, but relax, Holden. I’m on your side, and will be proud to wear your label as a badge of honor.  Put on your red hunting hats, light up a smoke, save children from falling off a cliff, and enjoy.



Nirvana – “All Apologies (Live at Reading)”


Elliott Smith – “Between The Bars”


Bright Eyes – “Bowl of Oranges”


The Smiths – “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”


The Shins – “Caring Is Creepy”


Kanye West – “Hell of a Life”


Kid Cudi – “Pursuit of Happiness”


The Shins – “It’s Only Life”


Death Cab for Cutie – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”


City and Color – “Little Hell”


Drake – “Teenage Fever”


Lana Del Rey – “Love”


Trash Panda – “Aging out of the 20th Century”


Post Malone – “I Fall Apart”


Dance Gavin Dance – “Death of a Strawberry”


Motion City Soundtrack – “L.G. Faud”


Frank Sinatra – “My Way”


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