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5.0 out of 5 stars God put Aeolus in charge of the winds not you, 10 May 2010
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I'm a bit of a miserable solitary individual, living a live on the edge, earning a ridiculously small amount of money, (not by conscious choice, at least I hope) so I gravitate towards thinkers like Schopenhauer and Epictetus. They offer consolation for almost any adversity. "It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgements concerning them."

I find Epictetus has an extremely practical view of the world, and I love this work."Don't put your purpose in one place and expect to see progress made somewhere else."

We have to learn to manage our impressions, and evaluate them correctly. We overestimate what we can control. But we can act in a way that is appropriate to the direction we want to take, we can choose our friends, we can teach ourselves to see the futility of prolonged mourning or overlamented loss. It looks to me like Shakespeare used this as a sourcebook for Hamlet.

I'd like to dramatise some of these ideas myself.
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2014 05:39:20 GMT
Toby Wilson says:
Nice observation on the connection to Hamlet. I've noticed this myself: 'there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so' could have come straight from Epictetus.
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