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Quotations From JOSEPH HELLER


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  • 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.
    Joseph Heller (b. 1923), U.S. novelist. Yossarian, in Catch-22, ch. 8 (1961). On his view of pennants given as prizes in parades.
  • He had decided to live for ever or die in the attempt.
    Joseph Heller (b. 1923), U.S. author. Catch-22, ch. 3 (1961). Referring to Yossarian.
  • He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
    Joseph Heller (b. 1923), U.S. novelist. Catch-22, ch. 3 (1961). Referring to Colonel Cargill.

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  • Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
    Joseph Heller (b. 1923), U.S. novelist. Milo Minderbinder, in Catch-22, ch. 24 (1955).

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