Why are we never quite at ease in the presence of a schoolmaster? Because we are conscious that he is not quite at his ease in ours. He is awkward, and out of place in the society of his equals. He comes like Gulliver from among his little people, and he cannot fit the stature of his understanding to yours.
Charles Lamb (1775–1834), British essayist, critic. Essays of Elia, "The Old and the New Schoolmaster," (1820-1823).
Of the schoolmaster, Lamb wrote: "He can receive no pleasure from a casual glimpse of Nature, but must catch at it as an object of instruction.... The Universe—that Great Book, as it has been called—is to him, indeed, to all intents and purposes, a book out of which he is doomed to read tedious homilies to distasting schoolboys."