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The essence of perennial Stoic wisdom in aphorisms of stunning insight and simplicity. The West's first and best little instruction book offers thoroughly contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy.

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Number of Pages: 96

ISBN: 0062511114

ISBN-13: 9780062511119


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One of the most influential Stoic thinkers, Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established a school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting i...

One of the most influential Stoic thinkers, Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established a 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, you’ll learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life’s inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

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Whenever I need a mental reset back to the basics, I reach for The Manual. It's a translated collection of Epictetus' fundamental teachings, and perhaps the most useful 60-quick pages I've found anywhere. And 60 pages is being generous — many pages are just a few pithy sentences a...

Whenever I need a mental reset back to the basics, I reach for The Manual. It's a translated collection of Epictetus' fundamental teachings, and perhaps the most useful 60-quick pages I've found anywhere. And 60 pages is being generous — many pages are just a few pithy sentences and then emptiness. It's hard to imagine slamming directly into such accessible wisdom and insight in less than an hour's read, but this is that book.

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I often write about how Stoicism helped me find tranquility in life. And this classic text by Epictetus (originally called The Enchiridion), is something that resonates with me a lot. You can read it in one sitting and it contains the most wisdom per sentence than anything I’ve e...

I often write about how Stoicism helped me find tranquility in life. And this classic text by Epictetus (originally called The Enchiridion), is something that resonates with me a lot.

You can read it in one sitting and it contains the most wisdom per sentence than anything I’ve ever read. I might’ve read it a hundred times, and I still find new ideas and inspiration in this little book. It’s funny. When you keep learning and developing, you start seeing different things in books. That’s what I love about re-reading books. The content doesn’t change, YOU change.

If you haven’t read this book, I recommend dropping everything right now and start reading it. There’s a free version available online. If you want to have a paperback, I recommend the version I linked above.

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