At a party hosted by a successful hedge fund manager, (the late) author Kurt Vonnegut remarked to fellow (late) author Joseph Heller that their host made more money in a single day than what Heller earned from his successful novel, Catch-22, over its entire history.
Heller replied, "Yes that's true. But I have something that he will never have."
Profound stuff, eh?
The full story, here.
In light of the global economic downturn, I thought this would be a nice first-post for 2009.