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Manuel d'Epictète

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Epictète, comme Socrate, n'a pas écrit son oeuvre ; c'est son disciple Arrien qui nous l'a léguée. Né en 50 après Jésus-Christ, en Phrygie, contrée d'Asie Mineure, Epictète fut amené à Rome comme esclave, mais sa condition ne l'empêcha pas de suivre l'enseignement du stoïcien romain Musonius Rufus. Après avoir été affranchi, il ouvrit une première école de philosophie à Ro ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 2nd 1999 by Flammarion (first published 125)
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J.D. The name "enchiridion" means "manual" or "handbook" in Greek, but there are many translations available in English, the title just seemed to stick.…moreThe name "enchiridion" means "manual" or "handbook" in Greek, but there are many translations available in English, the title just seemed to stick. There are even public domain (legally free) recordings and ebooks/texts of it online. The free audiobook is here: https://librivox.org/the-enchiridion-... And the free online text version of that translation is here: http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epi... -- I happen to like this translation by Elizabeth Carter, but there are many other translations in English, as well.(less)
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Foad
Apr 02, 2017 Foad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابچه ای کوتاه مشتمل بر اندرزهای اپیکتتوس، فیلسوف رواقی معروف.
تازگی ها به رواقی ها علاقه مند شدم، به خاطر موضوعات مورد علاقه شون، که خیلی شبیه موضوعات مورد علاقه ی شوپنهاوره: این که چطور می تونیم زندگی بدون رنج، و با آرامش خاطری داشته باشیم. هر چند بعضی از روش هاشون عجیب و غریبه، اما اون قدر واقعگران که آدم رو متحیر می کنن.
این کتاب نمونه ای عالی از این واقعگرایی و ژرف بینیه.

این کتاب شاید سخت گیر بیاد. به خاطر همین نسخه ای که خودم خوندم رو میذارم اینجا، برای استفاده ی دوستان.
دانلود کتاب اندرزهای
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Amira Mahmoud
سأخبركم سرًا؛ أنا أكره كل ما هو مثاليّ وكل ما يسعى إلى أن يكون كذلك، كل ما هو كامل وكل ما يسعى إلى أن يكون كذلك.
كل فلسفة/أيدلوجية/مذهب/ديانة تسعى إلى هدف واحد وهو جعل العالم أفضل ولو قليلاً مما هو عليه الآن، هذه الفلسفات تحترمها، تأخذها على محمل الجد، تقرأ كل منها وتنقدها وتفاضل بينها وبين الأخريات بينما تلك التي تسعى إلى جعل العالم هو "الأفضل" آراها كمأساة!
هذا العالم، تلك اليوتيوبيا التي نحلم أن يتحول لها يومًا لن تحدث، سيظل العالم يحمل كل الأضداد بداخل أحشاؤه، سيظل يتصارع بداخله كل ما هو خيّر
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Hadrian
A little something to read on Thanksgiving. Maybe after this, I'll leaf through Seneca, then watch Charlie Brown or something.

One of the big three stoics, with the authors being Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Epictetus recieved no formal schooling, and was a slave for most of his life. No self-pity. Instead, independence, fearlessness, and acceptance of death and suffering. Self-rule and self-improvement. Forgiveness, acceptance, and understanding.

Almost resembles some forms of Buddhism. In many w
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Mohammad Ali

تکیه ی این رساله چنانکه از نخستین بند آن نیز مشخص است، تأکید بر محدودیت توانایی بشری است - به بیان دیگر امور از دو دسته خارج نیستند یا در دستان مایند یا خارج از توان ما؛ آنچه حقیقتا در سلطه ی ما قرار دارد امور درونی - یعنی نیات و آرزوها و ... - است و نه امور بیرونی - تن و مال و ... . آدمی باید دلبستگی و تعلق خاطر و آرزو نسبت به آنچه از آن او نیست را از وجود خود حذف کند تا بتواند با آرامش خاطر به زندگی ادامه دهد. با دلبریدن از امور خارج از خود می توان مقرون به آزادی و آسایش زیست و این همان زندگی
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Marcus
Jul 28, 2009 Marcus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stoicism according to Epictetus, is:
Don't demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.

and:
If you ever happen to turn your attention to externals, so as to wish to please anyone, be assured that you have ruined your scheme of life.

My favorite quote, maybe because it's so personally relevant and so incisive, is, and bear with Epictetus, this one is a bit long-winded:
In every affair consider what precedes and follows, and then undert
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Abraham
Dec 02, 2016 Abraham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simplicity
Vaishali
I maintain the oldest writings are the absolute best. A fantastic collection of 52 maxims (#29 seems to be missing), as timeless as they are wise.

Some quotes:
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#1. Some things are in our control and others are not. Work, therefore, to be able to say to every harsh appearance, “You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be.”

#5. Do not be proud of any excellence that is not yours. If a horse thinks “I am handsome”, that is acceptable. But if you the owner boas
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Tannaz
Aug 19, 2016 Tannaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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چه معجزه ای بزرگتر از این که کسی از دوهزار و اندی سال پیش با من حرف بزند و نشنیده به سوال هایم جواب بدهد. آرامش رواقی همه آن چیزی است که دلخوری بین من و فلسفه، علی الخصوص فیلسوف تخس و دوست داشتنی، شوپنهاور، را به کل مرتفع کرد!
Bob Nichols
Jun 30, 2010 Bob Nichols rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Favorable commentary on Epictetus lodges this collection of sayings within a wider, deeper Stoic philosophy. In a nutshell, the cosmos operates by natural law that is beyond our control. Things in the cosmos are transitory and permanent attachment is not possible. The task for the Stoic philosopher, such as Epictetus, is to focus only on those actions that are within one's power to control and to act without attachment. This is the law of the cosmos that we know through our rationality, which be ...more
Ken Moten
Jan 12, 2013 Ken Moten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ken by: Peter Adamson
"If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."

This philosophical text is a collection of 52 quotes or sayings or advice by Epictetus. It has been collected by one of his students and is presented as almost a proto-handbook style format.

This handbook is a wealth of good information and I feel I was very impressed with it overall. Some of the
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Jim
This short and simple work of stoic philosophy is as valid as when it was first penned two thousand years ago. Epictetus started life as a Greek slave, but wound up in Rome. His Enchiridion distinguishes sharply between those things we can control and those we cannot:
Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in on
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Srta. Petruski
Oct 13, 2016 Srta. Petruski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cogí este libro en la biblioteca porque me llamo la atención su portada, y tengo que decir que fue una grata sorpresa. Consejos de vida de un filosofo nacido en el año 55, que no son muy diferentes a los que te daría un psicólogo del siglo XXI
Samy
Mar 03, 2017 Samy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Epictetus is a less popular stoic than Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, and I didn’t read his works for a long time. This book was my first introduction to his wisdom, and while Seneca may be clearer in his writing, there are certain gems that Epictetus brings to the table that even Seneca and M.Aurelius aren’t able to produce.

Seneca puts great emphasis on the shortness of life, tranquility, and being above suffering. Marcus Aurelius looks at the bigger picture, and the idea that we don’t have compl
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Jacobi
Nov 06, 2011 Jacobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read
As much a classic work of philosophy, as it is a treatise on how to live (as a stoic), the Enchiridion is dope. Because this is essentially a list of rules that is the length of an extended essay, I'll be rereading it (probably multiple times) to digest it further. Sure, there are some principles I don't subscribe to, but there is a lot of good stuff in this to mull over.

I think it's interesting that something that was written more than 1,880 years ago can still be applicable to life today, as
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Frank
Nothing that most people don't know. Really. I'm not trying to appear brilliant. I gave 2 stars because the ideas are expressed in a lovely, straightforward prose.

The problem I have with this work is that Epictetus, it seems to this non-classicist, does not give value to responsibility of obligation. For example, I sense that if someone was unhappy in a marriage, Epictetus would tell that someone to leave the marriage instead of working it out. I also sense he did not put value in emotions of p
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Luciana Nery
Jul 27, 2014 Luciana Nery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
The opening line reads like a secular mantra:

"Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and in one word, whatever are not our actions".

Further along, what to do with this realization:

"Work, therefore, to be able to say to every harsh appearance, "You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be
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Mazen Yehia
Sep 18, 2016 Mazen Yehia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents."
Liviu Bogdan
Oct 02, 2016 Liviu Bogdan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pentru studentul care-a urmat spusele lui Epictet: la ce bun c-ai ajuns la liniştea respectivă şi, cu tact şi laşitate, te-ai ferit de toate pericolele vieţii, dacă pentru asta ai ucis orice pasiune, orice sonoritate interioară, distrugând tot ce era viu în tine, refugiindu-te, acum (chiar din tinereţea asasinată de înţelepciunea-ţi precoce), în lejera postură de cadavru cumpătat? Cartea e un scut împotriva vieţii! Un ghid eficace care te apară de stres şi de orice tulburare sufletească, oferind ...more
Cristina
Considera todo lo óptimo como una ley inviolable. Y si se te presenta un momento de dolor o de placer, de gloria o de desgracia, recuerda que el combate es ahora. Ahora es cuando comienza la Olimpíada, y no puede ser postergada. Si te dejas vencer una vez y te entregas, tu progreso se habrá perdido; procediendo de la forma contraria, lo mantendrás. Así es como Sócrates se volvió perfecto, aprovechándolo todo para ser mejor y no escuchando otro consejo que el de la razón. Si bien todavía no eres ...more
علي حسين
Dec 08, 2016 علي حسين rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من اجمل قراءات 2016 ..
الفلسفة الرواقية مثاليةٌ بعض الشيء .. لكن تعاليمها الاخلاقية تعين الانسان كثيرا في حياته العملية اليومية اذا ما ترسخت في لاوعيه.
الكتاب جد مفيد، و ترجمته من الروعة بمكان ..
شكرا عادل مصطفى فانت كنز ثمين في عالم المعرفة.
Peter J.
Jan 13, 2013 Peter J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this probably 5 times. Looking forward to discussing it in heaven with him since he will surely be there.
Erick
There isn't much here that one could take issue with. Epictetus' pithy take on morals and ethics is not that far removed from that of the New Testament.
Emily Ross
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Though giving a good description of stoicism, there are some nuggets of advice that are pretty difficult to follow. This includes the comparison of a family to a pot.
There are some good maxims that society nowadays would be worth living by, including #5, #8 and #30, among others, but for the most part, it would be pretty difficult to follow all of Epictetus's advice.
Eve Dangerfield
May 22, 2017 Eve Dangerfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy but beautiful. I still prefer Meditations by Marcus Aurelius as far as Stoics philosophical mind fucks go but I will definitely be re-listening to this one. Also, it cracks me up how funny these grumpy sounding philosophers from a bazillion years ago can be. I mean it’s kinda dumb to assume they wouldn’t be funny, seeing as how insightful they are but it was still a delight.
Vanja Antonijevic
Reading Epictetus (not to be confused with Epicerus) was one of the most fun philosophical journeys I have taken.

First a very brief summary of the stoic belief (Epictetus was a stoic) would be appropriate. The rough and simplified version is as follows:


1. Suffering/pain is bad
2. One should relieve bad things (such as suffering/pain) whenever it is in one's control
3. (a) Beliefs are in our control, and they lead to (b) attitudes, feelings, and emotions, which in turn are the (c) primary cause
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Louis
Apr 27, 2016 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-altering
Don't curse the wind, hoist the sails

In all honesty, I stole the above opening line, but it points out the essence of the book.
It is not the external factors that define our life, it is how we respond to these external stimuli that determine everything.
This alone is so radically refreshing I have trouble believing I had never heard of Epictetus before.
Imagine a person insulting you in your face. You have some options: you can insult him back, you can ignore him, you can minimize his disrespect.
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Ramón Nogueras Pérez
Entré en contacto con Epicteto y la filosofía estoica durante la carrera. Epicteto es, junto con Marco Aurelio (otro filósofo que acabó siendo Emperador de Roma) y Séneca, uno de los adalides de este movimiento. Y la filosofía estoica es una de las bases de la moderna psicología cognitiva, que es la que yo practico.

Es un libro este al que me he vuelto muchas veces, sobre todo en momentos de dificultad. Cuando a mi alrededor las cosas no van bien, cuando estoy perdido o confuso, repasar este libr
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Lady Jane
Oct 04, 2011 Lady Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Practical age-tested wisdom. One of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Some things are in our control and others are not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions. Things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belon
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Ivan Damjanović
Nov 27, 2015 Ivan Damjanović rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ovaj ’priručnik’, prema pročitanom sudeći, reprezentativan je primjer stoičke filozofije temeljene, jasno, na trezvenom razmišljanju i introspekciji (izm. ost.). Epiktetu, očito, najveći autoritet predstavlja Sokrat, na kojega se često ovdje poziva. Dio savjeta je opće poznat, na druge se valja podsjetiti, a na ostatak, možda i po prvi puta svratiti pozornost. Neke naputke doživio sam malo pretjeranim: "Ne pričajte puno o onome što se zbilo jer biste time dokazali da je događaj na vas ostavio ut ...more
Seri
Jan 26, 2008 Seri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You just can't beat the stoics! There is so much wisdom packed into every little aphorism. Such as:

"Remember that you are an actor in a play, which is as the playwright wants it to be: short if he wants it short, long if he wants it long. If he wants you to play a beggar, play even this part skillfully, or a cripple, or a public official, or a private citizen. What is yours is to play the assigned part well. But to choose it belongs to someone else."

Epictetus was a slave through his youth, turne
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Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. ...more
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“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.” 156 likes
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things. Thus death is nothing terrible, else it would have appeared so to Socrates. But the terror consists in our notion of death, that it is terrible. When, therefore, we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved let us never impute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own views. It is the action of an uninstructed person to reproach others for his own misfortunes; of one entering upon instruction, to reproach himself; and of one perfectly instructed, to reproach neither others or himself.” 20 likes
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