How should we translate that?

A trade is only stolen, never learnt? Meh.

He who doesn’t ask never learns. Not even close.

How about:

True mastery can’t be taught

The idea being that, as I’d like to understand the Romanian proverb, one cannot be explained the finesse, the intricacy, the personal touch, one can only observe and distill inside in their own terms the fine art of their trade.

Unfortunately many people misinterpret our proverb and use it to fend the duty to teach others, or use it to haze new comers with all kinds of lowly tasks, instead of actually prepping pupils with answers to how to and why, only afterwards leaving the “Padawan” alone with themselves and the force.

I write so you feel like you’ve just had an idea. It’s a nice feeling.

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