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Opening Quotes

The introduction starts with one of the Paradoxial Commandments by Kent M. Keith : "Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway."

The quote "Life is short, you have to perform all the miracles that you can" was taken from the Belgian movie Any Way the Wind Blows (2003).

Intentional Paradox

In the short summary of my story, I write: "At the age of 28, I succeeded in landing my dream job." After reading Part I, you'll notice that this statement is rather ambiguous. The job was great in the sense that the work/life balance was good, the salary was sufficient to support my family as the sole "breadwinner", but in spite of that, the job also created quite some frustrations.

Book Quotes  

  • iText is software that nearly everyone uses, but hardly anyone notices.
  • Call me crazy, but I was convinced that if I didn’t ask for money for iText, I wouldn’t have any worries.
  • If I wanted iText to survive, I would have to start a company and generate revenue, but how do you create a business with something that is perceived as a free resource?

Movie References  

The quote "Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money . . . if all you want is to make a lot of money" was taken from the movie Citizen Kane (1941).

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Soundtrack for this Chapter  

I listen to music, but my taste in music is questionable. I've selected a handful of songs for every chapters. Sometimes, there's a link to the chapter, sometimes I just like the song.