“I am not a nice man. I am a man who works hard to be appropriate to my circumstances.
Once in a while, I will throw an elbow. Once in a while, I will ping. Once in a while, this particular shootist will kneecap a plowboy.
Once in a while, I will demonstrate that it is a very bad idea to confuse patience with weakness. Patience is not weakness – it is awareness. And shooting the plowboy is not simply a moment of strength – it is a dispassionate demonstration of the kind of skill the plowboy is up against.
You don’t get to that kind of skill easily or quickly. You work out in the appropriate gymnasium for forty or fifty years – long enough to recognize that that the application of skill lies not in what you know as much as it is understanding what the other guy doesn’t know.” — David Gerrold