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The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe

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Pages: 188

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Excerpt from book: THE BUSINESS MAN. [The Business Man (Peter Pendulum) Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, February, 1840 : B. J. II. 4.] Method it the tool of business. — Old Saying. I Am a business man. I am a methodical man. Method is the thing, after all. But there are no people I more heartily despise, than your eccentric fools who prate about method without understanding it: attending strictly to its letter, and violating its spirit. These fellows are always doing the most out-of-the-way things in what they call an orderly manner. Now here — I conceive — is a positive paradox. True method appertains to the ordinary and the obvious alone, and cannot be applied to the outre. What definite idea can a body attach to such expressions as " methodical Jack o' Dandy," or " a systematical Will o' the Wisp" ? My notions upon this head might not have been so clear as they are, but for a fortunate accident which happened to me when I was a very little boy. A good-hearted old Irish nurse (whom I shall not forget in my will) took me up one day by the heels, when I was making more noise than was necessary, and, swinging me round two or three times, d d my eyes for "a skreeking little spalpeen," and then knocked my head into a cocked hat against the bedpost. This, I say, decided my fate and made my fortune. A bumparose at once on my sinciput, and turned out to be as pretty an organ of order as one shall see on a summer's day. Hence that positive appetite for system and regularity which has made me the distinguished man ot business that I am. If there is anything on earth I hate, it is a genius. Your geniuses are all arrant asses — the greater the genius the greater the ass — and to this rule there is no exception whatever. Especially, you cannot make a man of business out of a genius, any more t...  

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