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

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

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By (author) Epictetus, By (author) Sharon Lebell

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  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 198mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061286052
  • ISBN 13: 9780061286056
  • Sales rank: 28,490

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"An immense dose of Epictetus would do us all a great deal of good, and I am grateful (beyond irony) to Tom Wolfe for reviving Epictetus" - Harold Bloom. So what makes the writings of this former slave so powerful today? Epictetus observed that although everyday life is fraught with difficulty, a life of virtue is within reach. He dedicated his life to outlining the simple way to happiness, fulfillment, and tranquility. By putting into practice the 93 witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up "The Art of Living", readers learn to gracefully meet the challenges of everyday life as well as life's inevitable major losses and disappointments.

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Epictetus (circa 55-135 ce) taught in Rome until the year 94 ce, when Emperor Domitian banished philosophers from the city. In exile, he established a school of philosophy where his distinguished students included Marcus Aurelius, author of Meditations. Some 1,863 years after Epictetus's death, Tom Wolfe revived his philosophy in the bestselling novel A Man in Full. Sharon Lebell is a philosophical writer and musician who lives in Northern California. She also produced Epictetus's A Manual for Living.

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"A treasury of eternally good advice, wise as a grandfather, earthy as the Tao." -- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart "The message of Epictetus is as vital today as it ever was." -- Jacob Needleman, author of The Heart of Philosophy "Epictetus sounds like the Buddha, and Sharon Lebell's voice makes him sound like the delightful man next door." -- Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier Than You Think