rinalia (rinalia) wrote,
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Catch-22 quotage

This book is taking me forever to read. By forever, I mean longer than a month. Geez. Anyway, I'm going to post some of my fave quotes now, because there are many.

Behold.

"You're American officers. The officers of no other army in the world can make that statement. Think about it." - pg 27
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"Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic." Chief White Halfoat nodded slowly with conviction. -pg 44
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To Yossarian, the idea of pennants as prizes was absurd. No money went with them, no class privileges. 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. - pg 72
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Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.  - pg 83
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"And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways," Yossarian continued. "There's nothing so mysterious about it. He's not working at all. He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you people talk about - a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited, uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in His divine system? What in the world was running through the warped, evil, scatological mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to control their bowel movements? - page 179
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"I just heard them say they were going to disappear Dunbar."

"Why are they going to disappear him?"

"I don't know."

"It doesn't make sense. It isn't even good grammar. What the hell does it mean they disappear somebody?"
- pg 366-367

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