Quotes From A Satirical Novel “Catch-22”

“Catch-22” is a satirical novel by Joseph Heller about the absurdity of war and bureaucracy. The novel follows the story of Captain John Yossarian, a bomber pilot in World War II, as he tries to survive and escape the insanity of war. The title of the novel refers to the catch-22 situation in which Yossarian finds himself, in which he cannot be grounded from combat duty because he is deemed fit to fly, but he cannot fly because he is afraid of dying.

Here is a list of top quotes from “Catch-22”:

  1. “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
  2. “There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own 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.”
  3. “There was no way to prove it, but he was sure that the pilots were sneaking into the hospital at night and cutting off the bandages so they could get back into combat. That was the only way they could be so eager to get back into combat.”
  4. “The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
  5. “As soon as he was dead, of course, he was a hero. Anybody could be a hero after they were dead. It was living that took real courage.”
  6. “He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt.”
  7. “He was a war hero and he had always known it, even before he was a war hero. He was a hero to himself, and that was all that mattered.”
  8. “It was the only way to fight a war without destroying the things you were fighting for.”
  9. “They’re trying to kill me,” Yossarian told him calmly.”
  10. “The Texan turned out to be good-natured, generous and likable. In three days no one could stand him.”