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My father reckoned that the best way to teach children how to swim was to throw us into the sea from the pier. We sank like stones. Me and my siblings thus spent half of our childhoods roaming the seafloor, trying to find our way back to the shore. That's how I ended up in Sweden.
Mark Levengood

Jack: You have to manage these people, Lemon. It's your show. You have the tools, now get out there and build the house, add on the pool and throw yourself into the deep end.
Liz: What if I can't swim?
Jack: Then I'll do what my father did when I was two - lure you to the edge of the pool with a puppy and push you in.
Liz: Yikes.

"So you can throw me to the wolves
Tomorrow I will come back
Leader of the whole pack
Beat me black and blue
Every wound will shape me
Every scar will build my throne..."
Bring Me the Horizon, "Throne"

Chief Judge: Sink or swim. Chuck her in the deep end.
Judge Dredd: It's all the deep end.

"Everyone knows the best way to learn is under intense, life-threatening pressure!"

"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."

"I believe in learning on the job."
Gobber the Belch, before releasing a dragon, How to Train Your Dragon

Professor Ozpin: After you have partnered up, make your way to the northern end of the forest. You will meet opposition along the way. Do not hesitate to destroy everything in your path, or you will die.
Jaune Arc: (nervous laugh, loud gulp)
Ozpin: You will be monitored and graded for the duration of your initiation, but our instructors will not intervene. You will find an abandoned temple at the end of the path containing several relics. Each pair must choose one and return to the top of the cliff. We will regard that item, as well as your standing, and grade you appropriately. Are there any questions?
Jaune: Yeah, um, sir-
Ozpin: Good! Now, take your positions.
Jaune: Um, sir? I've got a, a question.
(in the background, the other students are one-by-one catapulted off the cliff and into the forest)
Jaune: So this "landing strategy" thing, w-what is it? You're like dropping us off or something?
Ozpin: No. You will be falling.
Jaune: Oh, I see... so, like, did you hand out parachutes for us?
Ozpin: No. You will be using your own landing strategy.
Jaune: Uh huh, yeah... so, uh, what exactly is a landing strategYYYYYYYYYY-
Ozpin: (watches the cloud of students arc into the distance, sips his mug of coffee)
RWBY, "The First Step"

"Maria Kenyon, age 32; B.A. cum laude in business administration from Columbia in 1991. Last employed at Searles International - middle management, excellent prospects, hard worker. Very hard worker. Began using cocaine in 1994. You wanted an edge, I assume, something to help you going through those eighteen-hour workdays. Work becomes erratic in 1998... I presume that's when you switched to methedrine... vial of crystal meth found in desk in September of that year, fired to avoid scandal... and a year later, you're working for Mr Hayes, a position you held for the last five years. Actually, many positions, I expect," she said, smiling again. "Some fairly acrobatic. And yet, you have not lost your memory or your ability to concentrate." She flipped the folder shut. "You may have potential."
"Please," Maria whispered, shaking now in fear. "I don't have potential. I gotta have meth. I'll die if I don't have meth. Or something."
"You'll die?" said Ren. "Possibly. In that case, I'm out fifty dollars and I'll have to look for another prospect." She leaned over Maria. "I'm a headhunter," she said. "And I'm recruiting you... if you survive."''
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Followers Of Set

Sigzil: Excellent. I'll prepare a list of tests to gauge speed, accuracy, and the strength of these bonds you can create. We'll have to find a way to determine if there's anything else you can do.
Rock: Throw him off cliff.
Peet: What good will that do?
Rock: If he has other abilities, this thing will make them come out, eh? Nothing like falling from cliff to make a man out of a boy!

He feeds me soup. He feeds me puree. Later he will go down to the library and search it for hidden grimoires. I have left a terrible surprise for him, as one of the antique books is a trap, a book that appears to be filled with ancient spells and lore, but is covered with invisible wards and curses that will compel him to read incessantly, forever, until he dies of starvation and thirst. Someday he might find it, and if he is not as strong as he should be and fails to save himself, then I will need a new urtuku.
Nigsu Ga Tesgu, by Jeff Somers

DODGE!! (kicks Gohan in the face)

Kratos: She taught you to hunt?
Atreus: What she knew.
Kratos: Show me.
Atreus: Now?
Kratos: Now.
Atreus: What're we hunting?
Kratos: You are hunting deer.
Atreus: Which way?
Kratos: In the direction of deer.


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