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You cannot learn if you believe there is nothing left for you to learn.

Be it a skill, craft, or just general knowledge, You cannot learn if you believe nothing is left to learn. No matter what you pursue in life, keep yourself hungry to learn. Choose always to have a beginner’s mind, constantly looking for another angle. Get comfortable with being wrong, and relish it when it happens.




Common and vulgar people ascribe all ills that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one.

- Epictetus



To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

- Epictetus



Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.

- Epictetus



The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

- Epictetus



Any person capable of angering you becomes your master, He can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him

- Epictetus



First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.

- Epictetus



Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.

- Epictetus



There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.

- Epictetus



It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

- Epictetus



It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

- Epictetus