When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear.

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Before drifting away entirely, he found himself reflecting – not for the first time – on the peculiarity of adults. They tool laxatives, liquor, or sleeping pills to drive away their terrors so that sleep would come, and their terrors were so tame and domestic: the job, the money, what the teacher will think if I can’t get Jennie nicer clothes, does my wife still love me, who are my friends. They were pallid compared to the fears every child lies cheek and jowl with in his dark bed, with no one to confess to in hope of perfect understanding but another child. There is no group therapy or psychiatry or community social services for the child who must cope with the thing under the bed or in the cellar every night, the thing which leers and capers and threatens just beyond the point where vision will reach. The same lonely battle must be fought night after night and the only cure is the eventual ossification of the imaginary faculties, and this is called adulthood.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

Silence is a true friend that never betrays.


I once owned up to flooding the toilets when it wasn’t me. I got the slipper from the teacher for it, too. No one else would own up and we weren’t allowed to go home, so I just owned up. I can’t remember whether it was for anyone in particular, or whether it was a random act of chivalry – or just play stupidity.

Damon Albarn

Experience is the teacher of all things.

Julius Caesar

Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.

Nina Simone

Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. An acting teacher told me that.

Gary Oldman

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