The quote is from "A Girl I Knew," a short story by J.D. The story is pretty typical Salinger -- ambiguous and sad and philosophical -- and it's one of my favorites. Salinger had a beautiful way with simple words.
What you are is a complicated girl with simple needs. You need your books and time to read, and you need a few friends and you need someone-not to take care of you, but to care for you. If you have all those things, you’ll always be alright.
I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. Linda Hogan Native American Writer Art and Texts,im
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” Agatha Christie quote on being alive