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Publisher's Summary

"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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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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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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great teaching...great listening!

I truly reccomend this audio book , the listener will learn so much from Epictetus and if he applies his philosophy, will live life as a true philosopher:)

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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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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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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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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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Great content, awful narration

The book presents a simplified version of the text which is great but I felt like the narration could have been better. It was somewhat weak, careful, and bored sounding. Also, there seems to be no point in the prologue where you explain your life story. Skip the section entirely.

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  • martyn jukes
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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.