“Hey, tell me, what do you think the best thing is about being rich?”
“I don’t know.”
“Being able to say you don’t have any money. Like, if I suggested to a school friend we do something, she could say ‘Sorry, I don’t have any money.’ Which is something I could never say if the situation was reversed. If I said ‘I don’t have any money’, it would really mean ‘I don’t have any money’. It’s sad. Like, if a pretty girl says ‘I look terrible today, I don’t want to go out,’ that’s OK, but if an ugly girl says the same thing people laugh at her. That’s what the world is like for me.”
Haruki Murakami (trans. Jay Rubin) Vintage, p 81.