"I've noticed that my resolutions involve me not doing stuff that I wasn't going to do anyway so here's something more positive. I'm going to retrain as a Latin teacher in a provincial public school."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."Arthur Smith on Khalil Gibran
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."Arthur Smith on Albert Einstein
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."Arthur Smith on Confucius
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."Arthur Smith on Swami Vivekananda
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."Arthur Smith on John Steinbeck
"I am 54 and age is slowly writing itself on my face."
"It was Julie Burchill who decreed that, beyond a certain age, a man should not be seen in a leather jacket."
"Reading the play at home, however fulfilling, can never be the vivacious experience that Shakespeare intended."
"It is more interesting to be compared to someone famous, because it lets you gauge what perceptions people have about your appearance."
"Ninety-eight per cent of laughter is nothing to do with jokes, which do not deserve to bear the weight of all the funny stuff in the world."