- 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 (197 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,007 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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There are many other translations available of this work for those who prefer prose that is not contemporary. Many of those translations are in the public domain and can be found free of charge on the web and even here on Amazon digitally. I own or have downloaded many of those versions that many of the negative reviewers here refer to as the best translations available. I have read them, studied them and appreciate their existence. Having a modern translation does not detract from those other versions.
I have bought a few of "The Art of Living". I give them to friends. I mailed one to a friend of mine 900 miles away. He does the same. He recently told me he bought eight copies to give away. People in 12-step programs might especially appreciate this book. I myself use a page a day as a "daily meditation" book. Easily this book could be made into a calendar dated reflection book. I have downloaded (from Audible) the abridged audio version of this book. I listen to it at least monthly as I drive.
I can't say enough about this book. It has touched me like no other book has in a long time. It goes hand in hand with my meditation practice, and appears remarkably Buddhist in it's nature. I often am amazed how Stoicism and Buddhism, both 2000 and more years ago, in different parts of the world, had similar precepts.
Thank you Ms Lebell for bringing Epictetus to my attention!