- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; unknown edition (June 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061286052
- ISBN-13: 978-0061286056
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness Paperback – June 26, 2007
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"Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can't control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible." The Stoic philosopher Epictetus was born on the eastern edges of the Roman Empire in A.D. 55, but The Art of Living is still perfectly suited for any contemporary self-help or recovery program. To prove the point, this modern interpretation by Sharon Lebell casts the teachings in up-to-date language, with phrases like "power broker" and "casual sex" popping up intermittently. But the core is still the same: Epictetus keeps the focus on progress over perfection, on accomplishing what can be accomplished and abandoning unproductive worry over what cannot. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A treasury of eternally good advice, wise as a grandfather, earthy as the Tao.” (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart)
“The message of Epictetus is as vital today as it ever was.” (Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy)
“Epictetus sounds like the Buddha, and Sharon Lebell’s voice makes him sound like the delightful man next door.” (Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier Than You Think)
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This book reads like an ancient scroll of Taoism or Zen Buddhism, but minus the cryptic imagery and esoteric verbiage. Now don't get me wrong, I have been reading quite a few books on Eastern philosophy lately, and I find it fascinating (even though you still walk away from most books with some confusion, and the Zen masters state that you shouldn't understand it all anyway). This book however delivers all the goodies, but with absolutely no confusion whatsoever. What you have here is pure clarity! This is hands-down 5-stars for its simplicity and the beautiful message which unfolds on each and every page. This is reminiscent of some other insightful books such as The Rule of St Benedict, Tao Te Ching, and The I Ching. All of these books have soooo much to offer concerning your everyday thoughts, behaviors, rules of conduct, and straightforward moral ethics - all the values man has long forgotten...
This is a classic piece on a classic individual who displayed his genius way ahead of his time. This short paperback is a keeper by all means, and indeed, one book that can be a wonderful travel companion; it should be read time and time again. Pick up `The Art of Living' and refresh your inner self on how to truly live your life as a human being, one full of virtue, and tranquility...
The teachings deal with ordinary living in a straight forward manner. It's a book that can be read in a piecemeal fashion and returend to on a daily basis. For after-all working on becoming a better person is an on going life long pursuit...some times taking two steps forward and one stop back. This simple yet thought provoking approach to life's lessons will talk to you more and more as you read and reread the teachings.
I've had my copy for 17 years and just bought my 6th one as a gift.
I was linked to this book from a blog I had visited and the more I read the reviews posted on Amazon, the more my interest grew. Give it a read. You will not be disappointed.
A beautiful little read. Life changing.
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