Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

  • Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
  • It doesn’t make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who’s dead.
  • Anything worth dying for … is certainly worth living for.
  • He was going to live forever or die in the attempt.
  • Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
  • The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.
  • He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it.
  • It was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.
  • Insanity is contagious.
  • It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.
  • The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.
  • The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days, no one could stand him.
  • You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you’re at war and might get your head blown off any second.
  • “Be glad you’re even alive.’
    Be furious you’re going to die.”
  •  I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.
  • Every writer I know has trouble writing.
  • There is no disappointment so numbing…as someone no better than you achieving more.
  • Mankind is resilient: the atrocities that horrified us a week ago become acceptable tomorrow.