Home The Mine of Useless Information - everything you never needed to know!

Joseph Heller Quotes

"I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private individuals."

"We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist."

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

"Every writer I know has trouble writing."

"I think in every country that there is at least one executive who is scared of going crazy."

"When I grow up I want to be a little boy."

"Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war - for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more."

"Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure."
Success

"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three."

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

"I had examined myself pretty thoroughly and discovered that I was unfit for military service."

"He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody."

"He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt."

"When I read something saying I've not done anything as good as "Catch-22" I'm tempted to reply, "Who has?""

"Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck."

"But that was war. Just about all he could find in its favor was that it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents."

"He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it."

"Hungry Joe collected lists of fatal diseases and arranged them in alphabetical order so that he could put his finger without delay on any one he wanted to worry about."

"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22. 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."

© 2006 The Mine of Useless Information