But Pepys was an accomplished and gregarious man of affairs
, and his diary is the record of an intensively active life.
A couple of days later I had a visit in Dublin from the nuns' man of affairs
and he was followed by the Dean of Cork, Monsignor Sexton, and finally the Bishop of Cork complained to the Papal Nuncio, who went to see De Valera.
But the prudential man of affairs
is never justified in making or remaking the template that determines what it is to be a human being.
John Maynard Keynes once famously said that "even the most practical man of affairs
is usually in the thrall of the ideas of some long-dead economist.
And in the end, the commonplace strokes suffice to paint a picture of an unpretentious, cultured, good-natured man who was well integrated into the life of his day, both as a man of affairs
and a man of culture.
I was fascinated by the man's versatility as a composer and man of affairs
, wanted to explore the rest of his musical output, and was keen to write a life-and-works study.
Turning to his sundry projects, this savvy man of affairs
was well served by his clarity of mind.
In the Epicurean sense as it was understood at the time, contemplation had been assigned a specific ethical value entailing detachment and the mastery of perturbation, and this might well have fitted the private self-cultivation of a learned Venetian man of affairs
in the troubled decade of 1500-11.
There was Dacre the public figure, the peer and Director of Times Newspapers, the man of affairs
who spoke out to denounce the revised Prayer Book, to defend the Union, and to support his friend and pupil President Bhutto of Pakistan.
Lucien Romier has attempted to do in the series of works which he has devoted to The Explanation of our Times, and he has succeeded better perhaps than any of the multitude of writers on the subject, because he combines in such a remarkable way the actuality of the journalist and the man of affairs
with the sympathetic imagination of a true historian" (The Dublin Review, July 1930, 88-89).
Mr Murray admits to certain limitations in presenting the full account: 'It is frustrating not to know more of the private life of the bachelor poet-politician at this time of his life' he writes, referring to the post-Restoration Marvell, the man of affairs
Although a man of affairs
on two continents, the dramatic confrontations of a Thomas More were not to be his.
Two of these are academic, Vernon Bogdanor's Power and the People and the Constitution Unit's Human Rights Legislation, and one from a man of affairs
, entitled The Voice of the People.
Painted on the eve of World War I, it depicts a clean-shaven, conservatively dressed man of affairs
clutching the blueprints for his architectural masterpiece, the magnificent Glasgow School of Art.
Although Lownie's book is not the best Buchan biography (Jane Adam Smith's outshines it), this book gives a good account of Buchan the man of affairs
and Buchan the versatile and gifted writer.