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The Manual

A Philosopher's Guide to Life
Narrated by: Sam Torode
Length: 47 mins
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"If it is beyond your power to control, let it go."

"Do not wish that all things will go well with you, but that you will go well with all things."

"In this way, you overcome life's challenges, rather than being overcome by them."

Epictetus (c. AD 50-135) was a former Roman slave (he was also lame in one leg, and walked with a crutch) who went on to become a great teacher. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical - aimed at relieving human suffering here and now.

The Manual is a collection of Epictetus' essential teachings and pithy sayings, compiled by one of his students. It is the most accessible and actionable guide to Stoic philosophy, as relevant today as it was in the Roman Empire.

This new edition, published by Ancient Renewal, is rendered in contemporary English by Sam Torode.

©2017 Sam Torode (P)2017 Sam Torode

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  • 2018-09-05

Best book to live by.

This is a manual not a treatise. A booklet not a tome.

Simple rules to follow daily. You can understand it in an afternoon but it will take a lifetime to live it.

Really the most concise yet thorough book on applying the highest principles to your life.

If you want to learn this is not for you. But if you want distilled wisdom that you can use as a guide this very much IS for you.

A true path to individual honor and integrity.

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  • Geanette D.
  • 2018-04-13

Excellent Listen!

This is something I listen to over and over again. I urge anyone and everyone to not only have this on audio but in hard copy. First thing I do in the morning and at night.. Great for persons trying to simplify and find inner peace in their lives. I have sent this book to my closest friends and my 15 YEAR old son.. The narration is calming and helps me refocus ... love love love!

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  • Carlos Cabanillas
  • San Diego
  • 2018-09-11

Succinct an Easy to Assimilate

This interpretation of the manual makes it really easy to understand the meaning and its applications. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-29

simple plain very informative and useful

this is a great read, its simple, very informative, and useful. I can't wait to read more stoic philosophies and advice thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-19

Excellent content and Excellent narration

trully great ancient actionable wisdom. and the narrator Makes it really relaxing and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Leesmileyman
  • 2019-04-11

Truly

The Manual for life that still holds true to this day! Wisdom is preserved with this translation!

Roger L. Lee, Sr.

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  • THADIUS DIDIER
  • 2019-03-03

Excellent!

This rendering is all the "self-help" you will ever need. Ancient wisdom that is as applicable today as it was the day it was first spoken by Epictetus himself! I listen to this version while walking my dog. I find that every time I listen I hear something new. With each listen, I gain more perspective on what is truly in my power.

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  • Lewis
  • 2019-02-12

Perfect Refersher

For anyone who needs a quick reminder of easily applicable stoic philosophy, or some general rules to life, this is the perfect book. I use when I am going to a conference or large gathering to remind myself to focus on the right things.

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  • roberto carlos gamez
  • 2019-01-31

Awesome!

I love the manual! Epictetus was a very wise and Noble philosopher. His wisdom encouraged my heart.

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  • Sincerely skeptical
  • 2019-01-16

don't hire someone quiet to read a book.

a weak, asthmatic circus seal would have had more volume and clarity in reading this. couldn't hear a thing at work or anywhere in public