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The Handbook by Epictetus
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Feb 23, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy, read-in-2012
Read from February 23 to 25, 2012

I picked this short edition up after reading the public domain Long translation. I preferred this one, finding it easier to read. This has a good introduction (taking up almost as much text as the handbook itself), along with sparse but decent footnotes. Growing up reading Paul in the new testament, I already was used to the stoic mindset and like the idea of accepting things as they are, especially the things you can't change.

Long translation of #8 (Dover edition):
"Seek not that the things which happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life."

compared with the White translation Hackett edition):
"Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well"

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