The Manual

A Philosopher's Guide to Life
Narrated by: Sam Torode
Length: 47 mins
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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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Best book to live by.

This is a manual not a treatise. A booklet not a tome.

Simple rules to follow daily. You can understand it in an afternoon but it will take a lifetime to live it.

Really the most concise yet thorough book on applying the highest principles to your life.

If you want to learn this is not for you. But if you want distilled wisdom that you can use as a guide this very much IS for you.

A true path to individual honor and integrity.

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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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Short and sweet book, well narrated

Like most stoic advice, The Manual transcends time and provides ancient advice that is as meaningful and applicable today as it was when it was written.

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The Manual for life that still holds true to this day! Wisdom is preserved with this translation!

Roger L. Lee, Sr.

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Succinct an Easy to Assimilate

This interpretation of the manual makes it really easy to understand the meaning and its applications. Highly recommended!

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simple plain very informative and useful

this is a great read, its simple, very informative, and useful. I can't wait to read more stoic philosophies and advice thank you

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Narration makes you want to sleep

the content of course is great! the narrator talks as if he is putting us to sleep. I do recommend it

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Accessible translation, reflective narration

Sam Torode has taken the text and has modernized it so that it speaks directly to us. He also narrates it in a way that causes one to calmly reflect over one's life. The wisdom of Epictetus is simple, straightforward, and powerful. Highly recommend this pearl to anyone!

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Great book! No fluff lessons on Stoic thought.

Short, easy listen. Can skip the first chapter. no fluff lessons on stoic thought. Listen to it all the way though (40ish mins). Then take and breakdown each short chapter.

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  • JezArnold
  • 03-06-20

Thanks !!

Like the author, I’m struggling and I wanted a modern interpretation of Stoic philosophy

Appreciate the work

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  • martyn jukes
  • 05-08-18

Short but sweet

Great guide to life but I’ve read better. I’d rate the works of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius higher for their content.