Discourses and Selected Writings

Discourses and Selected Writings

A new translation of the influential teachings of the great Stoic philosopher DESPITE BEING BORN into slavery, Greco-Roman philosopher Epictetus became one of the most influential thinkers of his time. Discourses and Selected Writings is a transcribed collection of informal lectures given by the philosopher around AD 108. A gateway into the life and mind of a great intellec A new translation of the influential teachings of the great Stoic philosopher DESPITE BEING BORN into slavery, Gre...

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Title:Discourses and Selected Writings
Author:Epictetus
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:0140449469
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:276 pages pages

Discourses and Selected Writings Reviews

  • Delara Emami
    Jul 31, 2012

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

  • Jim Coughenour
    May 05, 2009

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

  • Henry Manampiring
    Jul 12, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

  • Bruce
    Jul 11, 2009

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

  • Ektoras (Ross)
    Oct 30, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

  • Fatima
    Jun 12, 2016

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

  • Debanjana Sinha
    Apr 18, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

    a great translation for a great book excellent and very readable translation of this Stoic work. as always, the bigger difficulty is in attempting to live it out. ...

    With this book I completed the trilogy of Stoicism (Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). It took me the longest time to finish. It is a heavy book. Epictetus does not suffer fools. He is definitely more austere than the other two Stoics and hence a few things will feel impractical ...

  • Justin
    Feb 09, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

  • ybk
    Feb 08, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

    a great translation for a great book excellent and very readable translation of this Stoic work. as always, the bigger difficulty is in attempting to live it out. ...

    With this book I completed the trilogy of Stoicism (Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). It took me the longest time to finish. It is a heavy book. Epictetus does not suffer fools. He is definitely more austere than the other two Stoics and hence a few things will feel impractical ...

    Finally decide that you are an adult who is going to devote the rest of your life to making progress. Abide by what seems best as if it were inviolable law. When faced with anything painful or pleasurable, anything bringing glory or disrepute, realize that the crisis is now, that the O...

    It took me for a while to finish this book (starting in March 2017) as I tried to read very little by little every morning (unfortunately didn't do all mornings). I really like Book VI. As I started practicing Stoicism a few years ago - still on-going challenge, I will revisit this boo...

  • Birau Catalin
    Nov 18, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

  • Colin Lamont
    Jun 02, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

    a great translation for a great book excellent and very readable translation of this Stoic work. as always, the bigger difficulty is in attempting to live it out. ...

    With this book I completed the trilogy of Stoicism (Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). It took me the longest time to finish. It is a heavy book. Epictetus does not suffer fools. He is definitely more austere than the other two Stoics and hence a few things will feel impractical ...

    Finally decide that you are an adult who is going to devote the rest of your life to making progress. Abide by what seems best as if it were inviolable law. When faced with anything painful or pleasurable, anything bringing glory or disrepute, realize that the crisis is now, that the O...

  • Brady
    Mar 12, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

  • Sammy
    Jan 02, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

  • Miran
    May 31, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

    a great translation for a great book excellent and very readable translation of this Stoic work. as always, the bigger difficulty is in attempting to live it out. ...

    With this book I completed the trilogy of Stoicism (Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). It took me the longest time to finish. It is a heavy book. Epictetus does not suffer fools. He is definitely more austere than the other two Stoics and hence a few things will feel impractical ...

    Finally decide that you are an adult who is going to devote the rest of your life to making progress. Abide by what seems best as if it were inviolable law. When faced with anything painful or pleasurable, anything bringing glory or disrepute, realize that the crisis is now, that the O...

    It took me for a while to finish this book (starting in March 2017) as I tried to read very little by little every morning (unfortunately didn't do all mornings). I really like Book VI. As I started practicing Stoicism a few years ago - still on-going challenge, I will revisit this boo...

    As with Marcus Aurelius? Meditations, reading this book through once was never going to be enough. I am following my first quick reading with a much slower and more considered reading which will take months. This book gives me heaps to turn over and over. I highly recommend it if yo...

    Stoicism really resonates with me, I get that after reading Marcus Aurelius and now Epictetus. What is different between them, is that Epictetus's language is simpler and clearer than Aurelius, and thus I feel that I have picked stronger message out of this book. ...

  • Blair
    Dec 01, 2013

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

  • Marcus Backman
    Jun 08, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

  • Erik Golbiw
    Feb 26, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

  • Héctor Amaya
    Nov 13, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

    a great translation for a great book excellent and very readable translation of this Stoic work. as always, the bigger difficulty is in attempting to live it out. ...

  • Maciej Sitko
    Mar 08, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

  • Christian Solorzano
    May 31, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

  • Jenn Phizacklea
    Feb 15, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

    a great translation for a great book excellent and very readable translation of this Stoic work. as always, the bigger difficulty is in attempting to live it out. ...

    With this book I completed the trilogy of Stoicism (Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus). It took me the longest time to finish. It is a heavy book. Epictetus does not suffer fools. He is definitely more austere than the other two Stoics and hence a few things will feel impractical ...

    Finally decide that you are an adult who is going to devote the rest of your life to making progress. Abide by what seems best as if it were inviolable law. When faced with anything painful or pleasurable, anything bringing glory or disrepute, realize that the crisis is now, that the O...

    It took me for a while to finish this book (starting in March 2017) as I tried to read very little by little every morning (unfortunately didn't do all mornings). I really like Book VI. As I started practicing Stoicism a few years ago - still on-going challenge, I will revisit this boo...

    As with Marcus Aurelius? Meditations, reading this book through once was never going to be enough. I am following my first quick reading with a much slower and more considered reading which will take months. This book gives me heaps to turn over and over. I highly recommend it if yo...

  • Neeraj Shukla
    Nov 18, 2016

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

  • Zachary Rudolph
    May 13, 2017

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

    If I were to give advice on how to read the book, start with the Enchiridion - Snippets and summaries of Stoic teaching. Then move to the Fragments. Finally, take on the Discourses - This is the ?heavier? part of the book and the most difficult for me to get my arms around. That sa...

    Without a doubt, 5 stars. The more complete treatise on Stoicism, this record of Epictetus writings is absolute joy and inspiration. Once you read it, you wouldn't believe it was written 2000 years ago, because it is still so relevant with today's situation. Most recommended for ...

    ?I must die. But must I die bawling? I must be put in chains ? but moaning and groaning too? ... I have to die. If it is now, well then I die now; if later, then now I will take my lunch, since the hour for lunch has arrived ? and dying I will tend to later.? ...

  • William2
    Sep 14, 2016

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

  • Connor Whittle
    Feb 13, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

  • Alex
    Aug 28, 2017

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

  • Castles
    Jan 13, 2019

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

  • Shane Orr
    Oct 17, 2017

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...

    I loved this book. My long term, low level fear of death has considerably abated. Epictetus was a slave who, when freed, started his own Stoic philosophy school in second century Nicopolis (ancient Greece I think). This book, his sayings and lectures recorded by one of his students...

    Humbly, I can?t review a 2,000-year-old book of the great philosophers as if it?s just an ordinary read. I?ve learned a lot and Remembered how good it feels to read simple yet complicated truths again. Along with Marcus Aurelius, this book is another step in my journey through ...

    Discourses and Selected Writings is a wonderful manual on how to live a life of virtue and stoicism. Considering that Epictetus lived almost two thousand years ago?much of what he says still stands true. It's truly a blessing to be able to read his work. I recommend this book to anyb...

    Epictetus was a Roman slave and philosopher who later became the teacher of Marcus Aurelius. I read his Manual for Living last year. This has a lot more in it, but it's pretty dry stuff. On the plus side, there is a lot of stoic philosophy here. Focus only on the things you can control...

  • Adam
    Jun 21, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

  • Asaad Mahmood
    Jun 30, 2018

    In this rereading of Epictetus? Discourses, I wanted to concentrate on two things in particular: first, whether his belief in God or the gods (and Epictetus is by far the most overtly religious and theistic of the Greco-Roman moralists) is strictly necessary to his philosophy; and, s...

    Read The Enchiridion. Breezy Stoic tonics for daily living. Surprisingly Buddhistic. Star rating refers to that section only. ...

    I gave Marcus Aurelius' Mediations a five star rating only because the writing was more clear. However Aurelius was inspired by Epictetus and that is why I chose to read this book. I really enjoyed the read. It had a very powerful effect on the way I viewed life. If you are seeking to ...

    The most useful book I have ever read, back when philosophy really meant 'love of wisdom'. For you will learn by experience that it's true: the things that men admire and work so hard to get prove useless to them once they're theirs. Meanwhile, people to whom such things are still d...

    I just read Epictetus with a small group and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. In my totally dilettantish opinion, after only 1 reading ? I found the Discourses rambling and repetitive, and Epictetus too much of a scold ? but with interruptions of actual genius. On the other han...

    A classic of Stoic philosophy. A self-help book before there were self-help books. Some great stuff, although it's a bit repetitive, which will be largely due to its origins in lecture notes by a devoted pupil. ...

    A difficult but powerful perspective to be found here; what this book seems to promise is the secret to invincibility. But it's not what most people at first thought would expect or even for that matter want. Out the window go the traditional definitions of evil. Suffering is thought ...

    This being the first time I've read an entire book dedicated to the teachings of a single philosopher makes me unqualified, and therefore incapable of assessing and coming to a fair conjecture of the teachings. That's why my review will focus on the writing and more importantly, my...

    Thoughts on life and philosophy behind things. A good read. Might take a long time to digest the wisdom contained in this book. In fact the prime teaching of the book is that, it is not good to be knowledgeable about things in life, but to develop a consistent ability to practice...

    A prominent figure among the Stoic school of thought, Epictetus deals with several subjects such as the correct use of impressions, desire and aversion, the importance of logic in governing one's own life, and many others. The most important one among all is making "the best use of wha...

    Me: Epictetus, why is life so difficult? Why can?t I get what I want? Why are people so immature? Why can I never seem to be satisfied? Epictetus: Because you are a damned fool! *smacks you over the head with his cane.* Seek virtue within not in external things! There will you fin...

    Epictetus's stoicism in a nutshell-list: 1) You are in control of/responsible for your judgement, impulse, desire, aversion and mental faculties. The virtuous person knows they have power over these things and can practice discernment in how they perceive and take on the world throu...

    The Discourses (and fragments) is in one of the three must-reads on Stoicism, along with Seneca's Letters from a Stoic and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I'm not a huge fan of the the Enchiridion, however. The Enchiridion has a lot about what a Stoic should act like, but nothing on how ...

    Awesome. Clear ideas and sound logic. Almost as pleasurable to read as his student, Marcus Aurelius ...

    "Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny, To wherever your decrees have assigned me. I follow readily, but if I choose not, Wretched though I am, I must follow still. Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." Epictetus is one of the great three along with Marcus Aurelius an...

    A series of lectures on how to die. Epictetus offers his best practices for living a good life. The essentials outlined in the Enchiridion are expanded upon in Discourses. Central to his philosophy is the principle of control; that one should concern concern themselves only with tho...

    Definitely a good read. Further helping me understand the Stoic stance a bit more. One thing that I fail to come to terms with is the concept of gratefulness (that we normally advocate), with Stoic philosophy. The book for those unfamiliar advocates a distance from external things. Ext...