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  • They can do anything we can't stop them from doing.

    War   Drug   Can Do  
  • Actually there were many officers' clubs that Yossarian had not helped build, but he was proudest of the one on Pianosa. It was a sturdy and complex monument to his powers of determination. Yossarian never went there to help until it was finished; then he went there often, so pleased was he with the large , fine, rambling shingled building. It was a truly splendid building, and Yossarian throbbed with a mighty sense of accomplishment each time he gazed at it and reflected that none of the work that had gone into it was his.

    Joseph Heller (2010). “Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition”, p.36, Simon and Schuster
  • It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead.

    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.122, Simon and Schuster
  • This is our siblings of more famous BookWorld Personalities self-help group expalined Loser (Gatsby). That's Sharon Eyre, the younger and wholly disreputable sister of Jane; Roger Yossarian, the draft dodger and coward; Rupert Bond, still a virgin and can't keep a secret; Tracy Capulet, who has slept her way round Verona twice; and Nancy Potter, who is a Muggle.

  • Her own body was such a familiar and unremarkable thing to her that she was puzzled by the convulsive ecstasy men could take from it, by the intense and amusing need they had merely to touch it, to reach out urgently and press it, squeeze it, pinch it, rub it. She did not understand Yossarian's lust; but she was willing to take is word for it.

    Men   Lust   Needs  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.312, Simon and Schuster
  • Yossarian decided to change the subject. "Now you're changing the subject." he pointed out diplomatically. "I'll bet I can name two things to be miserable about for every one you can name to be thankful for.

    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.171, Simon and Schuster
  • I’m not running away from my responsibilities. I’m running to them. There’s nothing negative about running away to save my life.

    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.414, Simon and Schuster
  • Nurse Duckett found Yossarian wonderful and was already trying to change him.

    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.313, Simon and Schuster
  • One hand washes the other.

    Latin   Hands   Unity  
  • Nately had a bad start. He came from a good family.

    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.22, Simon and Schuster
  • The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don't you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live.

    Enemy   Might   Matter  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.122, Simon and Schuster
  • That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed. It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.

    Catch-22 (1961) ch. 5 (the first chapter of this novel was published as Catch-18 in New World Writing (1955) No. 7 - see Kiley and MacDonald "Catch-22" Casebook (1973) 294)
  • 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.

    Children   War   Parent  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.72, Simon and Schuster
  • 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.

    Crazy   Real   Safety  
    Catch-22 ch. 5 (1961).
  • Where were you born?" "On a battlefield," [Yossarian] answered. "No, no. In what state were you born?" "In a state of innocence.

    Innocence   States   Born  
  • Who's they?" He wanted to know. "Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?" "Every one of them," Yossarian told him. "Every one of whom?" "Every one of whom do you think?" "I haven't any idea." "Then how do you know they aren't?" "Because..." Clevinger sputtered, and turned speechless with frustration. Clevinger really thought he was right, but Yossarian had proof, because strangers he didn't know shot at him with cannons every time he flew up into the air to drop bombs on them, and it wasn't funny at all.

    "Catch-22". Book by Joseph Heller, ch. 2, p. 24, 1961.
  • The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.

    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.373, Simon and Schuster
  • From now on I'm thinking only of me." Major Danby replied indulgently with a superior smile: "But, Yossarian, suppose everyone felt that way." "Then," said Yossarian, "I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn't I?

    Thinking   Way   Fool  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.409, Simon and Schuster
  • So many things were testing his faith. There was the Bible, of course, but the Bible was a book, and so were Bleak House, Treasure Island, Ethan Frome and The Last of the Mohicans. Did it then seem probable, as he had once overheard Dunbar ask, that the answers to riddles of creation would be supplied by people too ignorant to understand the mechanics of rainfall? Had Almighty God, in all His infinite wisdom, really been afraid that men six thousand years ago would succeed in building a tower to heaven?

    Book   Men   Islands  
  • You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don't like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate." "Consciously, sir, consciously," Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. "I hate them consciously.

    Hate   Hypocrite   People  
    Joseph Heller (2010). “Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition”, p.395, Simon and Schuster
  • The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

    Death   Suicide   Wisdom  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.122, Simon and Schuster
  • To Yossarian, the idea of pennants as prizes was absurd. No money went with them, no class privileges. Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.

    Ideas   Class   Tennis  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.75, Simon and Schuster
  • There was a click and then nothing CALL DISCONECTED flashed on the digital display. "NO! NO!" Clary hit the redial button, her fingers trembling. Simon picked up immediatly. "Sorry. Yossarian scratched me and I dropped the phone.

    Sorry   Phones   Buttons  
    Cassandra Clare (2012). “Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instruments Series (5 books): City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls”, p.751, Simon and Schuster
  • Sure, that's what I mean,' Doc Daneeka said. '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.' Yossarian knew what he meant. That's not what I meant,' Doc Daneeka said, as Yossarian began scratching his back.

    Mean   Hands   Grease  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.41, Simon and Schuster
  • They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly. No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried. Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked. They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone." And what difference does that make?

    Joseph Heller (2010). “Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition”, p.34, Simon and Schuster
  • Man was matter, that was Snowden's secret. Drop him out a window, and he'll fall. Set fire to him and he'll burn. Bury him and he'll rot, like other kinds of garbage. The spirit gone, man is garbage. That was Snowden's secret. Ripeness was all.

    Fall   Men   Fire  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.404, Simon and Schuster
  • Well then I'd certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn't I?

    Military   Way   Fool  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.409, Simon and Schuster
  • He found Luciana sitting alone at a table in the Allied officers' night club, where the drunken Anzac major who had brought her there had been stupid enough to desert her for the ribald company of some singing comrades at the bar. "All right, I'll dance with you," she said, before Yossarian could even speak. "But I won't let you sleep with me." "Who asked you?" Yossarian asked her. "You don't want to sleep with me?" she exclaimed with surprise. "I don't want to dance with you.

    Stupid   Sleep   Night  
    Joseph Heller (2010). “Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition”, p.206, Simon and Schuster
  • "What would they do to me," he asked in confidential tones, "if I refused to fly them?" "We'd probably shoot you," ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen replied. "We?" Yossarian cried in surprise. "What do you mean, we? Since when are you on their side?" "If you're going to be shot, whose side do you expect me to be on?" ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen retorted.

    Mean   Sides   Tone  
  • But the God I don't believe in is a good God, a just God, a merciful God. He's not the mean and stupid God you make him out to be.

    Stupid   Believe   Mean  
    Joseph Heller (1999). “Catch-22: A Novel”, p.172, Simon and Schuster
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