The Art of Living : The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, Paperback Book

The Art of Living : The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness Paperback

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"An immense dose of Epictetus would do us all a great deal of good, and I am grateful (beyond irony) to Tom Wolfe for reviving Epictetus" - Harold Bloom.

So what makes the writings of this former slave so powerful today?

Epictetus observed that although everyday life is fraught with difficulty, a life of virtue is within reach.

He dedicated his life to outlining the simple way to happiness, fulfillment, and tranquility.

By putting into practice the 93 witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up "The Art of Living", readers learn to gracefully meet the challenges of everyday life as well as life's inevitable major losses and disappointments.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9780061286056

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An excellent introduction to this Stoic philosopher. While none of the text is anything he said in life, each subject discussed comes from what teachings we have of him and what he would likely have said. It's amazing how timeless these words can become, speaking to some of the eternal aspects of the human condition.Philosophy should not be something highbrow and removed from understanding by the general populace. Epictetus can bring it back down to earth.

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