Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller


Author Profession: Literature & Fiction Influences William Saroyon edit data Librarian Note
Born: May 01, 1923
Died: December 12, 1999
Birth Sign: Taurus


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Rise above principle and do what's right.

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

Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.

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.

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

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

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.

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

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

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.

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.

Every writer I know has trouble writing.

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