Happy ThrowBOOK Thursday! Today’s post is just in time for the 60th (well, 63rd) anniversary of J.D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age story, The Catcher in the Rye, which was yesterday.
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is when the book was published, which was July 16, 1951. Since then, Holden Caulfield has become a household name and continued to teach readers about independence, the difficulties of growing up and that red hunting hats will always be in style. Laced with expletives and “for Chrissake”s, Holden tells his story honestly and candidly albeit a bit unreliably (thank you, high school English class), and the unique style is what sticks with people the most. So don’t be a phony, and go reread this classic to celebrate today!
Here are 5 famous quotes from Catcher in the Rye:
1. “Sometimes I act a lot older than I am – I really do – but people never notice it. People never notice anything.”
2. “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
3. “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.”
4. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
5. “What really knocks me out it is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”