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Handbook of Epictetus by Epictetus

Handbook of Epictetus

by Epictetus (Author), Epictetus, Epictetus, Epictetus, Thomas Wentworth Higginson1 more, N. P. White (Translator)

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    A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B Irvine (prosfilaes)
    prosfilaes: It's mostly the same philosophy, except Irvine had read Voltaire's Candide. But it's expanded, with a lot more discussion about how it applies practically and to modern life.

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"What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things."

"Let death and exile and everything that is terrible appear before your eyes every day, especially death; and you will never have anything contemptible in your thoughts or crave anything excessively."

"...at a banquet do not say how a person ought to eat, but eat as a person ought to"

"Signs of someone's making progress: he censures no one; he praises no one; he blames no one; he never talks about himself as a person who amounts to something or knows something. When he is thwarted or prevented in something, he accuses himself. And if someone praises him he laughs to himself at the person who has praise him; and if someone censures him he does not respond. He goes around like an invalid, careful not to move any of his parts that are healing before they have become firm. He has kept off all desires from himself, and he has transferred all aversion onto what is against nature among the things that are up to us. His impulses toward everything are diminished. If he seems foolish or ignorant, he does not care. In a single phrase, he is on guard against himself as an enemy lying in wait." ( )
  gvenezia | Dec 26, 2014 |
A little something to read on Thanksgiving. Maybe after this, I'll leaf through Seneca, then watch Charlie Brown or something.

One of the big three stoics, with the authors being Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Epictetus recieved no formal schooling, and was a slave for most of his life. No self-pity. Instead, independence, fearlessness, and acceptance of death and suffering. Self-rule and self-improvement. Forgiveness, acceptance, and understanding.

Almost resembles some forms of Buddhism. In many ways, both are fatalistic, but this is not necessarily pessimism. Instead, there is peace.

I typically find most 'self-help' books to be injurious, maybe even dangerous in their mindless positivity. If it is not too imperious, I would recommend the Stoics and their friends instead, for their mindful tranquility.
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  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
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  jmcdbooks | Jan 28, 2013 |
Author succeeds in translating this old Greek philosopher and his teachings into modern times. Short chapters for mediation among hustle and bustle of today's hectic life ( )
  Hernibs | Nov 3, 2011 |
Den här tunna lilla skrift har blivit läst av mig ända sedan tonåren. Epiktetos tankar och stoiska ideal är tidlösa. Stoicismen innebär, med mina ord, att man upplever att kontrollen finns inombords, att man inte låter sig påverkas av yttre betingelser. På så sätt blir man aldrig ett offer. Att vara stoiker betraktar jag som ett sätt att hantera livet. ( )
  AsaMajander | Sep 14, 2011 |
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Long, GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Handbook of Epictetus also known as Enchiridion written by legendary Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus is a manual of Stoic ethical advice. Compiled by Arrian, who was a student of Epictetus, this great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, the Handbook of Epictetus is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Epictetus is highly recommended.

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