Art of Living The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

ISBN-10: 006251346X

ISBN-13: 9780062513465

Edition: 1995

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Epictetus was born into slavery about A.D. 55 in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Sold as a child and crippled from the beatings of his master, Epictetus was eventually freed, rising from his humble roots to establish an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Stressing that human beings cannot control life, only how they respond to it, Epictetus dedicated his life to outlining the simple way to happiness, fulfillment, and tranquility. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to successfully meet the challenges of everyday life and face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace. Epictetus's teachings rank among the greatest wisdom texts of human civilization. Sharon Lebell presents this esteemed philosopher's invaluable insights for the first time in a splendidly down-to-earth rendition. The result is the West's first and best primer for living the best possible life -- as helpful in the twenty-first century as it was in the first.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Prologue
The Spirit of Epictetus
A Manual for Living
Invitation to the Manual
Know What You Can Control and What You Can't
Stick with Your Own Business
Recognize Appearances for What They Really Are
Desire Demands Its Own Attainment
See Things for What They Are
Harmonize Your Actions with the Way Life Is
Events Don't Hurt Us, But Our Views of Them Can
No Shame, No Blame
Create Your Own Merit
Focus on Your Main Duty
Accept Events As They Occur
Your Will Is Always Within Your Power
Make Full Use of What Happens to You
Care for What You Happen to Have
The Good Life Is the Life of Inner Serenity
Disregard What Doesn't Concern You
Conform Your Wishes to Reality
Approach Life As a Banquet
Avoid Adopting Other People's Negative Views
Act Well the Part that Is Given to You
Everything Happens for a Good Reason
Happiness Can Only Be Found Within
No One Can Hurt You
Spiritual Progress Is Made Through Confronting Death and Calamity
Implant in Yourself the Ideals You Ought to Cherish
The Pursuit of Wisdom Attracts Critics
Seeking to Please Is a Perilous Trap
Character Matters More Than Reputation
All Advantages Have Their Price
Make the Will of Nature Your Own
Self-Mastery Is Our True Aim
Treasure Your Mind, Cherish Your Reason, Hold to Your Purpose
Consider What Comes First, Then What Follows, and Then Act
Our Duties Are Revealed by Our Relations with One Another
The Essence of Faithfulness
Events Are Impersonal and Indifferent
Never Suppress a Generous Impulse
Clearly Define the Person You Want to Be
Speak Only with Good Purpose
Avoid Most Popular Entertainment
Be Careful About the Company You Keep
Take Care of Your Body
Avoid Casual Sex
Don't Defend Your Reputation or Intentions
Conduct Yourself with Dignity
Emulate Worthy Role Models
Exercise Discretion When Conversing
Prefer Enduring Satisfaction to Immediate Gratification
Take a Stand
Courtesy and Logic Each Have Their Place
Self-Mastery Depends on Self-Honesty
Safeguard Your Reason
Observe Proper Proportion and Moderation
Inner Excellence Matters More Than Outer Appearance
Care About Your Mind More Than Your Body
Mistreatment Comes from False Impressions
Everything Has Two Handles
Clear Thinking Is Vital
Call Things by Their Right Names
Wisdom Is Revealed Through Action, Not Talk
Live Simply for Your Own Sake
Wisdom Depends on Vigilance
Living Wisdom Is More Important Than Knowing About It
Practicing Principles Matters More Than Proving Them
Start Living Your Ideals
Essential Teachings on Virtue, Happiness, and Tranquility
Why Be Good?
The Soul's Cry
The Real Purpose of Philosophy
The First Step
The Flourishing Life Depends on Self-Sufficiency
Starting Out Is Hard
Good Is Good
Be Suspicious of Convention
The Virtuous Are Invincible
Be a Citizen of the World
Consider Your Deepest Yearnings Merely as Facts
The Right Use of Books
Exercise Caution When Mingling with Others
Forgive Over and Over and Over
The Virtuous Are Consistent
Trust Your Moral Intuitions
Don't Be Angry at Wrongdoers
The Only Prosperous Life Is the Virtuous Life
Pursue the Good Ardently
What Is Important and What Isn't
Reason Is Supreme
Learn to Heal Yourself
Stay the Course, in Good Weather and Bad
Be Grateful
Never Casually Discuss Important Matters
What Makes Us Truly Happy
The Power of Habit
Caretake This Moment
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