A conversation between the Little Prince and a businessman (from the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, cited at home.pacific.net):
“And what do you do with five-hundred millions of stars?”
“Nothing. I own them.”
“And what good does it do you to own the stars?”
“It does me the good of making me rich.”
“And what good does it do you to be rich?”
“It makes it possible for me to buy more stars, if any are ever discovered.”
Nevertheless, he still had some more questions.
“How is it possible for one to own the stars?”
“I administer them,” replied the businessman. “I count them and recount them…”
The little prince was still not satisfied.
“If I owned a silk scarf,” he said, “I could put it around my neck and take it away with me. If I owned a flower, I could pluck that flower and take it away with me. But you cannot pluck the stars from heaven…”
“No. But I can put them in the bank.”
“Whatever does that mean?”
“That means that I write the number of my stars on a little paper. And then I put this paper in a drawer and lock it with a key.”
“The grown-ups are certainly altogether extraordinary,” he said simply, talking to himself as he continued on his journey.