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Joseph Heller
May 1, 1923 - December 12, 1999
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Every writer I know has trouble writing.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


Rise above principal and do what's right.


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


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


I don't believe in miracles because it's been a long time since we've had any.


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.


He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.


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


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


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


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


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