Joe Heller

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!”
— Kurt Vonnegut

That obituary by Vonnegut was for his friend Joseph Heller. It appeared in The New Yorker, May 16th, 2005.

Author: Atanu Dey


One thought on “Enough”

  1. One needs to be extremely honest with oneself while claiming to have enough. I have seen many folks who claim to have enough. Often, their confidence is just a thin veneer to hide the jealousy or pain of failure. Whether one person has enough is better observed through behaviour rather than self-made claims.


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