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"If it is beyond your power to control, let it go."

"Do not wish that all things will go well with you, but that you will go well with all things."

"In this way, you overcome life's challenges, rather than being overcome by them."

Epictetus (c. AD 50-135) was a former Roman slave (he was also lame in one leg, and walked with a crutch) who went on to become a great teacher. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical - aimed at relieving human suffering here and now.

The Manual is a collection of Epictetus' essential teachings and pithy sayings, compiled by one of his students. It is the most accessible and actionable guide to Stoic philosophy, as relevant today as it was in the Roman Empire.

This new edition, published by Ancient Renewal, is rendered in contemporary English by Sam Torode.

©2017 Sam Torode (P)2017 Sam Torode

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Wonderful overview of this foundational philosophy

Loved this short and simple presentation. Great common-sense advice for everyday living! Listen & learn!

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Excellent Listen!

This is something I listen to over and over again. I urge anyone and everyone to not only have this on audio but in hard copy. First thing I do in the morning and at night.. Great for persons trying to simplify and find inner peace in their lives. I have sent this book to my closest friends and my 15 YEAR old son.. The narration is calming and helps me refocus ... love love love!

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Good version

The restatement of the original English translation changes the wording only slightly to make the work more understandable to a modern listener. After listening to the original and then the restatement, I can recommend this version. In addition to only light modification that holds to the original ideas imparted, the narrator is very good - an elderly, articulate and warm voice.
The original work itself is a collection of fantastic stoic principles that have guided millions of people through the centuries to a more peaceful earthly existence.

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philosophy as a way of living

a great book, great narrative, a good pick for those who want to start living the way of philosophy and applying that to our day to day life.

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Nice to have a modern translation

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I already bought a copy of the Discourses and Enchiridion, but it is handy having a short, modern rephrasing of the Handbook.

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Renamed Enchiridion

This is pretty much just the Enchiridion by Epictetus and called by a different name. I didn’t know this when I bought this.

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