Recently finished reading a book about the Chicago World's Fair (thanks Abigail!) and I came across this quote in one of the last chapters. It's from a man named Sol Bloom, who was twenty-three when he was put in charge of the midway at the Fair. He made a massive amount of money, then lost it all investing in refrigerated train cars full of perishables just before the Pullman strike. About which, he had this to say:
"Being broke didn't disturb me in the least. I had started with nothing, and if now I found myself with nothing, I was at least even. Actually, I was much better than even: I had had a wonderful time."