Best Quotes by Joseph Heller (Top 10)

  1. Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.
  2. ...[A]nything worth dying for ... is certainly worth living for.
  3. The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.
  4. [They] agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.
  5. Insanity is contagious.
  6. What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can't all be worth dying for.
  7. It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.
  8. The country was in peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them.
  9. I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.
  10. Every writer I know has trouble writing.

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