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A Manual for Living (Little Books of Wisdom) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (24 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062511114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062511119
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 11.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Epictetus was for former Roman slave and great Stoic philosopher whose talks have been admired for more than 1500 years. Destined to be a rediscovered in the tradition of "The Art of War" and Baltasar Gracian's "The Art of Worldly Wisdom". "A Manual for Living" presents the essence of perennial stoic wisdom in aphorisms of insight and simplicity. This instruction book should interest readers with its contemporary and pragmatic reflections on how best to live with serenity and joy. This book is part of the "Little Books of Wisdom" series which offers inspiration, common sense, and perceptions on the big and not so big issues that concern everyone - from faith and feminism to nature, philosophy, literature, business and just getting through the day. The books illuminate daily living, the spiritual life, intellectual pursuits and the world around - all in all, a series which addresses life and how people live it.

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The thoughts of Epictetus need no recommendation. The original 'Encheridion', on which this is based, is rightly one of the most influential advice manuals ever written. This modern reworking takes some liberties with the language, but in a good cause. Sharon Lebell's approach to the text does an excellent job of making the relevance of the ideas to modern life even more glaringly apparent. If you feel confused and overwhelmed by the pressures of the contemporary world then start looking for your answers here. Living 1,900 years ago, Epictetus understood more about the art of living than the vast majority of people now alive. Here lies wisdom. Open wide and be refreshed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reaffirmation of my philosophy 19 Sep 2000
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I received an edition for my birthday, and I just read it twice (only 81 pages), and it did give me an attitude adjustment...it is a philosophy of living, and I already kind of practice some its philosophies naturally somewhat anyway, but it assisted in allowing what I already practice, and enhanced my approach to other areas. It really inspired me though...so check it out! EPICTETUS was a ROMAN slave, and then became a teacher of his Philosophies from 45 A.D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't live life without it! 17 Feb 2004
Simple, easy to understand and practical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of time-proof wisdom in your pocket 17 Feb 2011
A gem of a book that offers a wealth of thought and knowledge, condensed into a tiny book that fits in your back pocket. I have found this little book more useful and comforting than most of the volumes that grace the shelves in the philosophy section. I don't have the brilliant mind of a scholar, so this clear and 'to the point' translation is a revelation.
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