"People are predictable, at least up to a point. If you pay attention, you can frequently anticipate where their thoughts are going. Then you can get ahead of them."
Slowly, the boy uncovered his face.
“Nothing is too rich for your blood. Nothing. The goal you have just set for yourself is to rise above the station into which you were born. It is the same goal I set for myself when I was your age. I achieved that goal. So will you.”
“How can you be so sure?”
“Because you want to try.”
“I don’t even know where to begin.”
“That’s my job.”
“As you approached my door last week, you were successfully asking that question. Without giving information, you gathered information. We did not see you, or hear your footsteps. Even when you panicked, your training led you out of danger.”
“That makes me sound like some kind of secret agent.”
“No, just a man in control of himself and his surroundings.”
“A central tenet in stage magic is the laying of groundwork. A magician is not simply a step or four ahead of his audience; his actions are a step or four ahead of his words. He doesn’t tell you what he’s about to do until he has already long since done it.”
“Do you want to use this power to destroy your bully, or to save him?"
"What’s going to happen?"
"I don’t know. I can only tell you how it’s going to begin."
“Imagine the power a person would accumulate who listened and did not talk."