Joseph Heller

1923 -

A Quote by Joseph Heller on justice

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I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

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A Quote by Joseph Heller

"I'm not running away from my responsibilities. I'm running to them. There's nothing negative about running away to save my life" (Heller 461).

Yossarian has realized that if everyone were to follow his philosophy, "Then [he'd] be a damned fool to feel any other way" (Heller 456).

Yossarian's plan offers hope to the other men, whom he has now shown an alternative to "losing themselves" (457) by following Cathcart. He has achieved his personal goal, and improved the condition of those around him

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Joseph Heller

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A Quote by Joseph Heller

Men went mad and were rewarded with medals. 

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch-22

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on achievement, mediocrity, and people

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Joseph Heller on concern, mind, safety, and sanity

There was only one catch and that was Catch22, 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.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch22

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on government, privacy, and war

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch-22, 1955

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on life

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Well, maybe it is true, maybe a long life does have to be filled with many unpleasant conditions if it's to seem long. But in that event, who wants one?

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on enemies

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

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch22

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on conceit, control, country, creation, divinity, evil, god, good, kindness, mind, pain, people, power, and world

And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways", Yossarian continued "There's nothing mysterious about it, He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about, a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system of Creation? What in the world was running through that warped, evil, scatalogical mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch22

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on company

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I think that in every company today there is always at least one person who is slowly going crazy.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

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