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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book of wisdom
This is a nice collection of eternal wisdom, although it may not all actually be from Epictetus. A better title for this book might be "Art of Living: Reading Epictetus by Sharon Lebell" since this is not a direct translation, but an interpretation. Still, I enjoyed it very much. I also recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life" by Taro Gold which...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Under Epictetus adumbration the author produces a manual
Its concise, practical, pertinent, a book that contains ideas of Epictetus that the author has put foward to us. But Epictetus is "persona muta". Which of the ideas are entirely his? Which are Lebell's ?
Published on 4 Jun 1999


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book of wisdom, 11 Sep 2001
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This review is from: The Art of Living (Hardcover)
This is a nice collection of eternal wisdom, although it may not all actually be from Epictetus. A better title for this book might be "Art of Living: Reading Epictetus by Sharon Lebell" since this is not a direct translation, but an interpretation. Still, I enjoyed it very much. I also recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life" by Taro Gold which is another little book of timeless wisdom. Sure to inspire.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the core practical., 24 July 1998
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This review is from: The Art of Living (Hardcover)
A wonderful, clear, and very approachable book, written by a philosopher too practical for today's academic discussions. Time and time again I had to put the book down and say wow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best way to spend your life without wasting your time, 6 Jan 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Living (Hardcover)
we don't have a lot of books from Epictetus and in fact this one is the only one. Pascal thought that only two authors were worth reading ,Epictetus and Montaigne. he was right.if you do not want to waste your life ,if you want to be happier in your life and if you are sometimes depressive ,you must read that book.This book changed my life and i'm sure it will change your whole existence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it., 23 Feb 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Living (Hardcover)
Just the advice on buying shoes is priceless. Until I read this translation, I didn't realize Epictetus had a sense of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent timeless advice from the Stoic master, 7 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Art of Living: The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness (Plus) (Paperback)
This is a really excellent little book of advice from he leading Stoic philosopher Epictetus. The chapters are short and digestable under single headings, often a few paragraphs and none really longer than four pages in length they can be read and reread any time you get a pause for thought. The book itself is not exactly small or short enough to fit in your back pocket but could fit in a bag or the pocket of a larger coat.

There is a prologue and an introductory chapter entitled The Spirit of Epictetus followed by the Manual for Living itself, Epictetus' Essential Teachings on Virtue, Happines and Tranquility (which has the excellent opening passages entitled "Why Be Good?") and the book finishes with a "Plus" section similar to the PS sections in some other publications like The Art of Loving (P.S.). The additional sections are Epi-Who? How a 2,000-Year-Old Dead White Male Changed My Life by Sharon Lebell and Why Would Anyone Want to be a Stoic? by Sharon Lebell. While these are interesting and add a little to the book they pale in comparison with the content of the Manual and Essential Teachings themselves.

One of my favourite sections actually relates to books and is titled "The Right Use of Books" - "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 it would be a bad mistaketo suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalised their contents". It also has meaning for this book itself in that what Epictetus has created is immanently practical and can be of use to anyone considering how can experience the best things in life. Much better than a lot of present day or more recent self-help and pop psychology books.

Recommended to all and deserving of the widest possible readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 11 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Art of Living: The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness (Plus) (Paperback)
Really motivational and helpful with anxiety
True words
Something to live by for sure
Definitely recommend to friends or anyone really
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable introduction, 11 Mar 2013
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A very enjoyable introduction to Epictetus's philosophy and one which has prompted me to download samples of his Discourses and of the Enchiridion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Living, 3 July 2011
This review is from: Art of Living: The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness (Plus) (Paperback)
Very good introduction to the subject concise and very quick read....all in all very happy with the purchase time to dip my toe further... if you hold an intial interest then I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review, 10 April 2011
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Fabulous - a really excellent book on how to live. Immensely helpful particularly for me at the moment as I have sustained a major injury and am working out how to live with this.Very accessible writing.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Under Epictetus adumbration the author produces a manual, 4 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Art of Living (Hardcover)
Its concise, practical, pertinent, a book that contains ideas of Epictetus that the author has put foward to us. But Epictetus is "persona muta". Which of the ideas are entirely his? Which are Lebell's ?
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