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Catch-22

Joseph Heller

Top 10 Best Quotes

“He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”

“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle. "That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed. "It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.”

“...[A]nything worth dying for ... is certainly worth living for.”

“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”

“It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.”

“He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it”

“[They] agreed that 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.”

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survival, humor, donald-trump, catch, lies, lack-of-character, opportunism, war, death-and-dying, misattributed-kurt-cobain, politics, evil

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