1. "They're trying
to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½"No one's trying
to kill you," Clevinger cried.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½"Then why are
they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered.ï¿½ "They're trying to kill
difference does that make?"
Yossarian explains to his
friend why he is not crazy for thinking people are trying to kill him.
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.ï¿½ Orr was crazy and could be grounded.ï¿½ 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
Doc Daneekas explains why he
cannot ground either Yossarian or Orr due to insanity.
3. "Major Major never sees
anyone in his office while he's in his office."
Sergeant Towser explains why
Appleby can only go in to see Major Major when he is not in the office.
4. "'The enemy,' retorted
Yossarian with weighted precision, 'is anyone who's going to get you killed, no
matter which side he's on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart.'"
Yossarian defends his
position that it does not matter who wins the war as long as he's alive.
5.ï¿½ "There was a much lower
death rate inside the hospital than outside the hospital, and a much healthier
death rate.ï¿½ Few people died unnecessarily."
Why Yossarian prefers being
inside the hospital to being outside.
6. "Colonel Cathcart was
indefatigable that way, an industrious, intense, dedicated military tactician
who calculated day and night in the service of himself."
This follows a description
of Colonel Cathcart's insecurities about his power.
7. "Yossarian lost his nerve
on the mission to Avignon because Snowden lost his guts."
The first reference to
Snowden's death that starts to explain what happened.
8. "But, he won't help
anybody.ï¿½ That's one of the reasons he'll go far."
Yossarian describing ex-PFC
9. "The country was in
peril; he was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence
by daring to exercise them."
Milo's admonition to Yossarian
10. "Man was matter, that
was Snowden's secret."
This explains why Yossarian
lost his courage after seeing Snowden's insides spill out all over the plane.