Man of Action

Life, Silly by Adam on 2009-01-18 06:13

“The conversation was direct. Some would say brutal. [..] It is simply that he likes to accomplish things, preferrably with his own hands, and tends to view conversations as impediments. He would rather do something of an essentially stupid and pointless nature, than talk of something beautiful or momentous. He wants his servants to be like his hands, which which carry out his will immediately and without the tedium of verbal instructions - so much so that if a conversation extends beyond a few sentences, he will grow intolerably restless, his face will become disfigured by uncontrollable tics, and his will shoulder his interlocutor out of the way and take action himself.”

From The System of the World by Neal Stephenson

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