The knowledge that I’ve got enough.

True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead,
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter island.
I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!
– By Kurt Vonnegut

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Indeed. How does being a billionaire compare with being the person who coined the term Catch-22. If there are, to be generous, 250 000 words in the English language, how much is it worth to be the creater of one of them? There are 10 million millionaires in the world. So its more rare to own an english word than to be a millionaire. =)


There are many ways of changing the world.


P.S. i did not like to read catch-22. when i was 15/16 years old, i couldnt understand it at all.

The knowledge that I’ve got enough.

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