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8.24.2011



among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and 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 of offer, someone will learn something from you. it's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. and it isn't education. it's history. it's poetry.

the catcher in the rye
j. d. salinger


19 comments:

nicole addison said...

beautiful:)

BuoyantlyBlithe said...

This is a beautiful quote. I have heard a lot about this book-- but, I have failed to read it thus far. I really need to.

Ana Magdalena said...

this is so true, it's the most beautiful reciprocation of all.

Mocha Mornings said...

Book snob friends playfully give me a hard time for saying this book is one of my top five favorite, but it truly is. Lovely quote.

Also, randomly, do you listen to Mountain Man? I think you would enjoy their music.

Mary Grace said...

Great quote. I love this book. I've read it over and over in my high school days.

Courtney said...

I also love this book. It was funny to see this quote this morning because I just read Franny and Zooey by Salinger last night. Have you read it? I don't know what people think of it compared to The Catcher in the Rye, but I really, really liked it.

s a m said...

I think it's time for me to reread this.

Courtney : Franny is one of my favorite books of all time.

ana said...

rereading soon. goodness me.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to preface this by saying that I sincerely love your blog and admire your honesty and openness. I keep coming back because so much of what you say really does hit home for me and for other young women I know. That said ... Why do you always write in lowercase? I sort of get it if it's supposed to be a style thing for your own writing, but it seems inappropriate to inaccurately quote another writer by failing to reproduce the correct punctuation. In general though, what is the stylistic effect you're going for by not capitalizing?

Miss Flying V said...

Ah, one of my all time favorite books!

xx Viola

meg fee said...

@anonymous: very good point--i'd never thought of it that way before. i've just been typing in lowercase for so long now it's a bit of a habit. i'll definitely take this into consideration when quoting others. as for myself, i guess it has a bit to do with the more you understand the rules of grammar, the more fun it is to break them (not that i get them all the time). i do it because if i ever choose to capitalize something, it'll mean so much more.

nikki said...

sigh that is the best book ever. so many excellent quote gems in there

Mackenzie said...

you seem to have plopped the right quote in my lap at the right time. after my doozy of a weekend, i'm glad that someday it will all make sense and a lesson will be learned :)

Monica said...

Just started reading this again last week...one of my favorites. Thanks for posting!

vanessa joie said...

I love this book.. and it is a beautiful thing. .

Britti said...

I love this book so much. But as said before, Franny and Zooey is a great read too. In my eyes even better than the catcher in the rye.

jenny said...

LOVE this. I feel like you embody this Meg. And YES... I too would LOVE to meet you one day. You too have etched a mark on my soul. All my love. Jenny

Jeneric Generation said...

This makes me wish I had read all of Catcher in the Rye. That was so beautiful. And SO TRUE.

The Rookie said...

Best part of the book.