The philosophy of Stoicism is steeped in actionable advice that we can apply to nearly all aspects of our lives. There are several that have been influential on me and my development over the years.
Today’s favorite quote comes from Epictetus, as transcribed by one of his students, Arrian, in book II of the Discourses.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.Epictetus. Discourses. II.17
WHY THIS QUOTE MATTERS TO ME
This quote is an arrow straight to ego’s heart. Often in life, as we go through life and learn, we begin to feed our ego as we become more intelligent with the more we learn. But this quote always helps to center me and remind me that there is always more to learn. And the best way to learn is to be open to understanding that I do not know everything. Once you supplant the ego and you take on the mind of a child, eager to learn even if you think you already know, you are opening the doors to a deeper discovery of knowledge.
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