It’s history. It’s poetry.

This belongs to Jessie.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even 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 to 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 RyeLiterary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger by J.D. Salinger

It’s history. It’s poetry.

This is Karla Bassi‘s tattoo.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even 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 record of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

- J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

It’s history. It’s poetry.

Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Literary Tattoos: The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

This tattoo is on Becca:

My tattoo is a quote from The Catcher in the Rye, spoken by Mr. Antolini. I’m not really a huge fan of the book itself, but this quote really sums up how I feel about learning.

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even 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 record of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.

- Excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger