Louis C.K. at the 'Louie' panel discussion during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 18, 2015.
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September 4, 2015 10:19 AM EDT

Louis C.K. is doing well these days. Thanks to the success of Louie, along with his numerous stand-up specials, he’s just about everyone’s favorite comic, with the exception of people who are wrong.

Getting to the top of the comedy food chain wasn’t easy, though. Louis C.K. had to work for years in dingy clubs and pour a ton of effort into unsuccessful projects before achieving this level of success. And along the way, he built up a stockpile of wisdom worth paying attention to. Here are some of his best quotes about the importance of hard work, the way your attitude shapes life, and how to not take yourself so seriously.

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