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The art of living : the classic manual on virtue, happiness, and effectiveness

Author: Epictetus.; Sharon Lebell
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Presents a new interpretation of first century's Epictetus' clearly stated guidelines for moral progress and personal character development.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Epictetus.; Sharon Lebell
ISBN: 0062513222 9780062513229 006251346X 9780062513465
OCLC Number: 32274267
Notes: "A tree clause book"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 113 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 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 if 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.
Other Titles: Manual.
Responsibility: Epictetus ; a new interpretation by Sharon Lebell.
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