J. D. Salinger (1919-2010) [Jerome David] American reclusive writer

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Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. (The Catcher In the Rye, 1951) - J. D. Salinger
He had a theory, Walt did, that the religious life, and all the agony that goes with it, is just something God sics on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world. - J. D. Salinger
How do you know you're going to do something, until you do it? - J. D. Salinger
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. - J. D. Salinger
Goddam money. It always ends up making you blue as hell. - J. D. Salinger
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's. - J. D. Salinger
I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. - J. D. Salinger
It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it. - J. D. Salinger
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. - J. D. Salinger