I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.... If they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy.
(J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger (b. 1919), U.S. author. The narrator (Holden Caulfield), in The Catcher in the Rye, ch. 22 (1951).)
There are three times in a man's life when he has the right to yell at the moonwhen he marries; when his children come; and when he finishes a job he had to be crazy to start.
(Borden Chase [Frank Fowler] (1900-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Charles Schnee, screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Melville (Harry Carey, Sr.), Red River, after Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift) and his men bring their herd to market (1948).)
I think the reason we're so crazy sexually in America is that all our responses are acting. We don't know how to feel. We know how it looked in the movies.
(Jill Robinson (b. 1936), U.S. novelist. As quoted in American Dreams, part 1, by Studs Terkel (1980).
The daughter of movie producer Dore Schary, Robinson had grown up rich in Hollywood; her notions of the world were shaped by the movies in which she was immersed.)
The wisest among us is very lucky never to have met the woman, be she beautiful or ugly, intelligent or stupid, who could drive him crazy enough to be fit to be put into an asylum.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. Narrator, in This Is No Tale (Ceci n'est pas un conte) (1796), p. 133, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1977).)
If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.
(Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 2 (1990).
On the insanity verdict handed down to John Hinckley, would- be assassin of President Reagan in 1981, as reported by Noonan and Dan Rather. "The insane are with us, it is true," continued their report. "But so are the calculating. And what they learn from this verdict is that you can do anything; you can wait like a jackal and shoot a man in the head and leave him for dead and buy your way out with clever lawyers and expensive pyschiatrists.")
I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that.
(Julius J. Epstein, U.S. screenwriter, Philip Epstein, screenwriter, Howard Koch, screenwriter, and Michael Curtiz. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), in Casablanca (film), spoken in the final scenes of the film to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), departing from Casablanca with her husband (1942).)