Be driven by making your work great, not by the reactions of others.
Eberhard Alsen [author]: “Salinger’s religion was the central concern in his writing. He’s championing the ideas of Vedanta Hinduism in his Glass stories, the so-called Karma yoga concept that comes from the Bhagavad Gita, that you should do your work as perfectly as you possibly can with no thought of rewards, and only that way can you be a really happy person.”
Fred Fogo [author]: “We have to remember, the things we produce – symbolically and in language, we have no control over what happens to them once we let them go.”
Betty Eppes [journalist]: “We shook hands and he said, ‘If you’re a writer, you need to quit that newspaper. Newspapers serve no purpose’. And he said publishing was the worst thing a person could do. He insisted that he was working; that every writer should write for their own reasons, but it should be for themselves alone. The only important thing was the writing – according to J.D. Salinger.”
- Shane Salerno, Filmmaker Interview (pbs.org)