Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses Epictetus was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived between and AD and taught the philosophy of stoicism Stoicism is the school of philosophy that teaches one to detach oneself from ones emoti

  • Title: Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses
  • Author: Epictetus George Long
  • ISBN: 9781420925791
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • Epictetus was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived between 55 and 135 AD and taught the philosophy of stoicism Stoicism is the school of philosophy that teaches one to detach oneself from ones emotions so that truth may be derived from ones reason To the stoic this detachment allows the natural law of the universe to reveal itself and harmony with the world can be achiEpictetus was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived between 55 and 135 AD and taught the philosophy of stoicism Stoicism is the school of philosophy that teaches one to detach oneself from ones emotions so that truth may be derived from ones reason To the stoic this detachment allows the natural law of the universe to reveal itself and harmony with the world can be achieved This philosophy is exemplified in the Enchiridion, which serves as a manual for the everyday practice of this philosophy A detailed examination of the philosophy of stoicism can be found within the discourses of Epictetus, of which a representative selection is presented here in this volume translated by George Long.

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    1. Stoic philosophy is concerned with preserving our serenity and happiness regardless of any situation or circumstances. Be it loosing your fame and wealth or you beloved ones This book which present the teachings of stoic philosopher "Epictetus", is filled with practical wisdom, many of which constitute the foundation of many books I've read or many sayings you and I have heard. Not only books and sayings, teachings of Epictetus I can't help but to notice is the foundation of prominent fields suc [...]

    2. No man is free who is not master of himself. -EpictetusIt's something worth remembering on the 4th of July. Independence Day. "Forgive Over and Over and Over.""Never suppress a generous impulse." One of the greatest books of philosophy I've ever read. It is more of a reinterpretation of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus than a straight academic translation but it wonderfully conveys the wisdom of a a great philosopher who was born a slave. If you ever find yourself at a point in your life when eve [...]

    3. Great read. Felt like I highlighted practically the entire book:First, say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. If you do this, you will be impervious to coercion and no one can ever hold you back. You will be truly free and effective, for your efforts will be put to good use and won't be foolishly squandered finding fault wit [...]

    4. When I found this book in the library, I was put off by the fact that it is described on the cover as "a new interpretation by Sharon Lebell". I can only assume that to mean that this is not so much a translation of Epictetus's words as it is Sharon Lebell's interpretation of what Epictetus meant. With all due respect to her, if given the choice i'd much rather read Epictetus's actual work and interpret it for myself, thanks. That said, even though it is difficult to know how faithful this "inte [...]

    5. Having read this thin-volumed book, i am sure that i am not closer to attain the wisdom. But while reading, it comes as so easy to apply these advices : " accept the commanding power of nature, make it your own willpower, do your businnes, do not think about what you can not control"The book consists of recommendations like these about attaining wisdom. Still, these are so valuable, especially Epictetus thoughts about freedom that it's not about doing whatever we want, instead it's about appreci [...]

    6. This is the first time I have read Epictetus, or any work of stoic philosophy for that matter, so if you are looking for an expert opinion you might want to look elsewhere. If, however, you are interested in reading Epictetus for the first time yourself then my little review might be of some use.I was impressed by the degree to which the thoughts expressed in this book could be applied in modern daily life. Epictetus believed that for philosophy to have any real value it had to be put into actio [...]

    7. Easy read. Great wisdom. For instance: "Follow through on all your generous impulses. Do not question them, especially if a friend needs you; act on his or her behalf. Do not hesitate! Do not sit around speculating about the possible inconvenience, problems or dangers. As long as you let your reason lead the way, you will be safe. It is our duty to stand by our friends in their hour of need."One other very different but solid word of wisdom from so many in this book:"When we name things correctl [...]

    8. I first heard Epictetus quoted after the incident in which the cruiser U.S.S. Vincennes shot down an Iranian airliner in 1990, during a period of tension in the Persian Gulf (what else?).A friend and I were discussing the ramifications and liabilty of the Vincennes's Captain, when a gentleman at the next table said that he knew of an apt quote which he often used in court when a case was going against him and the opposing counsel was roundly denouncing him in front of the judge. He would stand a [...]

    9. This is Stoic philosophy at its best. It's not long-winded like Seneca, not distracting with its style like Marcus Aurelius. Epictetus is simple and to the point. You will not be confused.Unlike Aurelius and Seneca, Epictetus was not high born. In fact, as I understand it, he was a slave for a good portion of his life. A slave who embraced Stoicism holds more street cred for me.

    10. "Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents."Wow. What a life changing book this is! This is one of those books that I'll definitely re-read it in near future. Every word, every sentence, every paragraph was essential and [...]

    11. I've owned this book for fifteen years, and every once in a while I am compelled to pull it from the shelf on my bookcase devoted to pagan philosophers in order to remind myself to get a grip on my kvetching. This slender book is not a translation of Epictetus, so one must be careful. Instead, the author summarizes the philosopher's key ideas. But his ideas make so much clear sense that no matter your religious affiliation, understanding stoicism will strengthen your character. IF you can implem [...]

    12. Epictetus was a model human being, who went from slave to enlightened man. Like all great personalities of history, he never wrote anything and what we know of him and his teachings was written by his pupils and followers. This is a short, straight to the point manual on how to live a virtuous life. The beginning of happiness, asserts Epictetus, is in not fretting about the things we cannot control. We have to not so much talk about virtuous acts as to behave virtuously. As Gandhi said “Be the [...]

    13. "Eğer birisi sizin bedeninizi alıp yoldan geçen birisine köle olarak verirse doğallıkla öfkeye kapılırsınız. O kişi sizi yerden yere vurduğunda üzülürsünüz. O zaman herhangi bir kişi sizi etkilemek istediğinde, çok değerli olan zihninizi verirken neden hiç utanç duymuyorsunuz? Sizinle iğrenç şeyler paylaştıktan sonra sizi kafası karışmış ve dağılmış bir halde bırakacak birisine zihninizi teslim etmeden önce ikinci bir kez daha düşünün. " Bu satırları [...]

    14. Altını çizdiğim bazı cümleler mevcut fakat dönüp de tekrar tekrar okuyacağım bir kitap değil İçsel Huzur İyi Yaşamın Kapısını Açar. Kişisel gelişim kitaplarına uzak duran biriyim genelde. Felsefi olarak da beni çok tatmin etmedi. Bu biraz da zevk meselesi tabi. Klasik bir eser olduğu için yıldız verme bakımından biraz cömert davrandım diyebilirim.

    15. This is not my favorite translation/treatment of Epictetus' masterpiece, but the underlying work is so good that it would be difficult to cause it real problems by handling it poorly.Should be required reading for the task of being alive.

    16. “True philosophy doesn’t involve exotic rituals, mysterious liturgy, or quaint beliefs. Nor is it just about abstract theorizing and analysis. It is, of course, the love of wisdom. It is the art of living a good life. As such, it must be rescued from religious gurus and from professional philosophers lest it be exploited as an esoteric cult or as a set of detached intellectual techniques or brain teasers to show how clever you are. Philosophy is intended for everyone, and it is authentically [...]

    17. "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference" - could easily be a sentence in this book. I personally think Stoicism is always the best and practical philosophy teaching that existed so far for people like me to face all the obstacles and daily challenges in my life. Epictetus's notion of the good life is not a matter of following a laundry list of percepts, but of bringing our notions and desires into [...]

    18. This book is a wonderful modern interpretation of some of the most relevant writings of any of the ancient Stoics. Even if you don't identify as a Stoic, there is likely something here that will strike a chord with you. And if are trying to follow a Stoic path in your life (as I am), this book has much that will help you on your way.The book is easy to read, but chock full of big ideas, sage truths and thought- provoking insights into why we do the things we do and how we can change to make ours [...]

    19. I think this finds a nice middle ground between direct translations of Stoic works such as Marcus Aurelius’ “Meditations” and modernized reinterpretations of Stoicism such as William Irvine’s “A Guide to the Good Life.” Relatable to modern life, but still conveys the depth of the ancient philosophy.

    20. This edition of Epictetus' Handbook is a modern translation (or interpretation) and sometimes uses English expressions like "two steps forward, one step back". There are other translation in far more poetic and formal English, but my initial and casual comparison of a few passages satisfied my concern that too much might be lost. Epictetus was a Stoic teacher whose philosophy is classical in that he, like Zeno (the founder of Stoicism) believed in an Ultimate, in Deity -- in the idea that there [...]

    21. Great book, although there were some things I didn't quote agree with. Particularly how he undermines the role of society in shaping how we act. But there were a lot of lessons to be learned while reading this book and certainly is one I am coming back too.

    22. I adore Epictetus and there is a lot of wisdom in his teachings. While I enjoyed this interpretation, I did knock off one star because at the end the "interpreter" just had to make it about her. In fact, I almost gave this just three stars for that reason, but I really like Epictetus and he can't help that this woman felt the need to tell us all about her life and how some long-dead guy completely changed it. If she wants to tell that story, it belongs in a different book. I can't help pondering [...]

    23. "Practice self-sufficiency. Don't remain a dependent, malleable patient: Become your own soul's doctor."

    24. So much in this book we all already know, but in fact too seldom take seriously enough to put into action. The Stoic philosophy is chocked-full of valuable wisdom and insight for lining a life well. Author Sharon Lebell is not presenting a translation of Epictetus's version of stoicism but rather "summaries" of the key components, tactics and strategies that are written clearly and succinctly. It's a small easy to digest little book that can be kept handy as a frequent reminder of how serious we [...]

    25. Quel petit livre empli de sagesse! Il est évident qu'avec nos connaissances en psychologie on sait qu'il est impossible, purement par la volonté, d'éliminer nos désirs, de choisir à 100% où se dirige notre aversion, ou d'être indifférent à tout ce qui ne dépend pas de tout. Et même si nous le pouvions je me demande si une vie sans peine, sans déception, sans chagrin, mais aussi sans grande joies en est une plus belle qu'une avec des hauts et des bas. Aussi, Épictète porte certains [...]

    26. A Gone Bookserk PerspectiveThis review is part of my project on the Top Ten Books on Happiness. I decided to start with this book because it's the one book that I have come back to for lot of moral and spiritual reminders. I discovered Epictetus a while back and ever since then, no one has come close to being so powerful enlightening and offering so much tranquil power.This book is about gradual refinement of personal character. It's a book whose premise on happiness lies in the eloquence of act [...]

    27. These 144 pages are packed with so much simple but situationally still relevant stoic philosophy. Stoicism is the western equivalent of Buddhism in eastern philosophy with its variants and definition of virtue. They both see the external world as something we should not worry too much about and prepare ourselves mentally to accept and find ultimate happiness and joy. They also advocate selflessness and the search for other people’s well-being, peace, pleasure and contentment. In the book, we h [...]

    28. Epictetus is my hero. A Stoic philosopher from 50 AD. Each page of this book is a little piece of advise to help you live a more peaceful life! Understanding what you can and cannot control is a philosophy that resonates deeply with me! I cause a lot of torment in myself trying to "make" others happy. This just leads to frustration, fault finding and anxiety! Understanding that when something happens, the only thing in my power is my attitude toward it; I can either accept it or resent it. I rea [...]

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