"No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy."
"Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine."
"I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves."
"I believe, sincerely, that you can learn as much from mistakes, if not more, as you do from successes. It’s not a failure if you learn from it."
"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."
— J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late?"