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Probably the best introduction to Epictetus. It's short, and to the point. What more can you ask?
Manual de auto ajuda do estóico raiz, contendo preceitos-dicas valiosos de como viver, especialmente na Roma antiga. Há coisas sobre a qual um humano pode controlar e outras não. Foquemos naquelas que podemos controlar e influenciemos as que podemos influenciar, aceitando as outras e os resultados. Assim, evitamos o indesejado que está sob nosso controle, sem confundi-lo com o inevitável que cerca nossa vida. Homem é perturbado não pelas coisas mas pelas noções que delas tem. E não somos mais que atores no drama da vida, a representar o papel que nos deram. Representa-mo-lo o melhor que pudermos!
It teaches two virtues:
1) the freedom of the self absorbed tyrant
2) the morality of slavery to everything outside oneself.
A tiny little atom bomb of wisdom. Learned about Epictetus in Tom Wolfe's "A Man in Full", and sought out this book.
The text is brief - could even be a pocket book, if they chose to do so. But the teachings are profound and practical. Now if I could only live by them...
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Reclams Universal-Bibliothek (2001)
Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.
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I really enjoyed reading the book. It's supposed to (or at least I feel it's more effective this way) be used as a guidebook than something you read in one go.
There is nothing startlingly new or that cannot be found in stoicism videos on YouTube. However, I am glad to have a single book that covers most aspects of the stoic lifestyle. Most of it is applicable in life, some of it, I have to admit, has a more passive and resigned nature to it. I'm not saying that there is something wrong with believing that everything that happens is predetermined. But just that it doesn't sit right with me.
Due to the lack of my ability to put it into better words, I am going to stop here.
As great as Stoicism or any philosophy is it is always wise to not blindly believe teachings and apply them to your life. So take what you need and apply what you can. ( )