Seven Life Lessons from The Catcher in the Rye

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1.) Sometimes you have to lie for social reasons: “I am always saying “Glad to’ve met you” to somebody I’m not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”

2.) Keep all your feelings bottled up inside: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” 

3.) Don’t underestimate the power of a good book: “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.”

4.) Certainty is overrated: “I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”

5.) And most things aren’t black and white: “It’s partly true, too, but it isn’t all true. People always think something’s all true.”

6.) People appreciate enthusiasm: “I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”

7.) You don’t have to be on time … as long as you are beautiful: “If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late?”

They might not all be good life lessons, but they do give you something to think about. Which one(s) are your favorite and which lessons from the book have I missed? Let me know in the comments.

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