I wish…you could read letters you wrote 46 years ago. It is very painful reading.

Said at age 68. As quoted in 'In Search of J.D. Salinger' by Ian Hamilton.

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The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.

Certain things 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.

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

And I don’t just mention it, for God’s sake, to show you I was once an Emotional Young Person Just Like Yourself.

The handpiece lay detached from its catch, waiting for Franny. It looked almost as dependent as a human being for some acknowledgment of its existence.