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J. D. Salinger
Born: January 1st, 1919 - New York City, U.S.
Died: January 27th, 2010 - New Hampshire, U.S.
short story writer
What really knocks me out 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. That doesn't happen much, though.
I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.
Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do.
Know your true measurements and dress your mind accordingly
- Catcher in the Rye
The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.
Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.
- Nine Stories
He said I was unequipped to meet life because I had no sense of humor.
- For Esme - With Love and Squalor, and Other Stories
I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
- Franny and Zooey
I have so much I want to tell you, and nowhere to begin.
The true poet has no choice of material. The material plainly chooses him, not he it.
- Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction