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Catch-22 Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Catch-22
  1. #1
    Well, he died. You don’t get any older than that.
  2. #2
    When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don’t see heaven or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and every human tragedy.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concept
    Giving Up
  3. #3
    The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concept
    war
  4. #4
    Surely so many countries can’t all be worth dying for.
  5. #5
    The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.
  6. #6
    From now on I’m thinking only of me.
  7. #7
    He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
  8. #8
    Insanity is contagious.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concept
    Craziness
  1. #9
    They agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.
  2. #10
    He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concepts
    deathlife
  3. #11
    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
  4. #12
    He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it.
  5. #13
    Why are they going to disappear him?
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Nurse Ducket
    concept
    murder
  6. #14
    The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.
  7. #15
    “Be glad you’re even alive.”
    “Be furious you’re going to die.”
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concepts
    deathlife
  8. #16
    You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Colonel Korn
    concept
    lies

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  1. #17
    You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don’t like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate.
  2. #18
    I hate them consciously.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Yossarian
    concept
    hate
  3. #19
    He was never without misery, and never without hope.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Tappman
    concepts
    miseryhoping
  4. #20
    There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to.
  5. #21
    Anything worth living for is worth dying for.
    author
    Joseph Heller
    book
    Catch-22
    character
    Nately
    concepts
    lifeworth
  6. #22
    You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions.
  7. #23
    If you’re going to be shot, whose side do you expect me to be on?
  8. #24
    A little grease is what makes this world go round. One hand washes the other. Know what I mean? You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.
  9. #25
    She was the epitome of stately sorrow each time she smiled.
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