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2021-02-13

I’d been thinking recently …

…about this story.

At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter
Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph
Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had
made more money in a single day than Heller had
earned from his wildly popular novel 'Catch-22'
over its whole history.

Heller responds, Yes, but I have something that
he will never have ... enough.

I don’t remember why I was thinking about it, but it had come up several times and I wondered if I could find the quotation somewhere.

I looked at my desktop telephone

Behind it, about two feet from my head as I stand at my computer desk, there it was:

Two Men With an Answer
ALT

I think this is very wise indeed.

(BTW, if you don’t now who John Bogle was, you should.)

(Joseph Heller may have been quoting JS Bach’s (Ich habe genug](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ich_habe_genug,_BWV_82). I tend to hear that phrase to mean what we mean when we say I’ve had enough”, J’en ai ras le bol”, etc. I think Heller’s meaning - I have sufficiency - is closer to Bach’s.)


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