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


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.




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