Free Read [Sports Book] ñ The Golden Sayings of Epictetus - by Epictetus ✓

  • Title: The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
  • Author: Epictetus
  • ISBN: 9781426400650
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback

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    Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher He was probably born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia present day Pamukkale, Turkey , and lived in Rome until his exile to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece, where he lived most of his life and died His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control, but we can accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately Individuals, however, are responsible for their own actions which they can examine and control through rigorous self discipline Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power As part of the universal city that is the universe, human beings have a duty of care to all fellow humans The person who followed these precepts would achieve happiness.


    Epictetus really gets under your skin. These golden ideas comes from his lessons on Stoicism thatwas recorded by one of his students. The philosophy is deceptivelysimple, but effective. These simple tactics are helpful in facing the dailystresses of life.

    Stoic philosophical musing that has a lot in common with Judaeo-Christian thought and can hold its own with any contemporary self-help manual.

    One of the first self-help books. A few of my favorite quotes"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.""Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. ""There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ""Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through y [...]

    Memorable quotes:"If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. ""If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: "He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned"

    José Monico
    Coming from strictly reading analytical philosophy for quite a few years, it was definitely time for some "continental" reading; and really, to what philosophy in general has been forced to relegate to, only the most passionate of hobbyists and academic pursuers would be interested in what the former doctrines are currently focused on-- an unfortunate struggle as the pool of purposeful and viable ideas continues to be ripped out of the hands of the analytics due to an ever-evolving specialized s [...]

    Karl Nordenstorm
    If you copy pasted the first paragraph into a modern service in the church of Sweden, the parishioners would not notice anything strange. The first paragraph sounds just like modern liturgy. Is this because medieval scribes tampered with Epictetus or does the influence go the other way? Interesting that when you look at stoicism in its entirety you see that its god is deist and hence can be seen entirely as an allegory for nature, but if you look at this paragraph in isolation it also makes sens [...]

    Gwyn Ryan
    I liked Epictetus better than Marcus Aurelius, perhaps because Epictetus was actually lecturing and teaching people, while Aurelius was writing purely for himself. Still not a Stoic though.

    Paul Haspel
    Gold does not always glitter, and not all of these “Golden Sayings” of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus may appeal equally to the reader of today. Yet as the Golden Sayings unfold, they provide a compelling and persuasive opportunity for thoughtful readers to question the way in which they are living their lives. Epictetus, a Greek by heritage, had been enslaved during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero; later, having gained his freedom, he had to leave Rome when a later emperor, Domitian, a [...]

    John Yelverton
    This book shows that there are some truths which are universal whether they are in the Bible or in Roman philosophy. That being said, though there are numerous instances where Epictetus seems to be in step with the Bible, there are just as many instances where he grossly departs from the teachings of the Bible as well.

    Steve Fenton
    I prefer Seneca's work on the subject as it is more complete and drawn together (Letters From a Stoic). With Epictetus the text is drawn together from disparate sources and some may not actually be Epictetus. Having said that, there are some gems in the book.

    Norman Styers
    It pains me to give this only three stars, but the ebook edition I had (not the Kindle version; this was the closest I could find) was not very well edited - lots of typos and general carelessness putting it together.

    Eugenio Viola
    Short yet very powerful reading. Great life advise from Epictetus. A bit difficult to read as the translation is a very old one. Section 3 - Fragments, the best part.

    [I assume this is another name for his Fragments]Hard to review since it’s so short and not really tied together in any way. But it’s just more of the same after Discourses really.

    Great wisdom from a Stoic. My favorite quotes:-You know yourself what you are worth in your own eyes; and at what price you will sell yourself. For men sell themselves at various prices.-If a man could be throughly penetrated, as he ought, with this thought, that we are all in an especial manner sprung from God, and that God is the Father of men as well as of Gods, full surely he would never conceive aught ignoble or base of himself.-Never, when asked one's country, to answer, "I am an Athenian [...]

    I found this hard to read much like other older philosophy. That being said there were a bunch of nuggets in here

    Benjamin Spurlock
    The first and most important thing to remember, when reading Epictetus, is that his philosophy is not the rarefied abstractions that one might think, but rather more like concrete advice. Think less a professor and more one's grandfather, or mentor, or such a person. To Epictetus, philosophy that had no impact in life was no real philosophy at all. I believe that's one major reason why Stoic philosophy in general, and Epictetus in particular, has remained inspirational even to this day. While hi [...]

    Bernie Gourley
    Epictetus was a slave-turned-philosopher who was born in Hierapolis and famously lived in Rome until Emperor Domitian banned philosophers from the city. Like Socrates—who Epictetus quotes and refers to frequently—we would know nothing of the thoughts of Epictetus if it were not for one of his enthusiastic students, Arrian, who compiled his mentor’s teachings. Epictetus was one of the Stoics, philosophers who believed that one should be unmoved by the situations and conditions handed one by [...]

    There's much in Stoic philosophy that appeals to me. The works of Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus in particular have a tonic quality -- they're healing and even invigorating. I think many could benefit from the discipline encouraged by Stoicism. "The Meditations of MA" and "The Golden Sayings"--both containing many highlighted sections--are some of the few books I've kept on my Kindle after reading, so that I can refer back to those selected passages from time to time.

    If a situation is out of your control, don't worry about it. This is common sense really, but incredibly hard to accept. Next time I'm worrying about the prospect of bad weather or what someone thought of my actions, I need to remind myself that there's nothing I can do to change it. I need to focus on what I can change instead. Epictetus is such a great and relevant philosopher. And he has an amazing name.

    I picked this up after seeing references to it in The Gratitude Diaries.

    The Golden Sayings of Epictetus was very interesting to listen to. His writing gave insight to the Greek/Roman culture of his time, while also giving some clues to what he believed. I was very surprised when Epictetus wrote as if he was very familiar with the God of the Bible, even as a believer in this God yet his overall writing was not consistent with that faith.

    The Golden Sayings of EpictetusOne of the truly great books of all time. Standing on the shoulders of five centuries of great philosophers, Epictetus composed a book of genius that speaks to us across two millennia. Reading this is like sitting at the feet of your grandfather, if your grandfather were on of the word's great geniuses.

    Haley Wilde
    "Is there smoke in the room? If it be slight, I remain; if grievous, I quit it. For you must remember this and hold it fast, that the door stands open."How can one dislike anything featuring a quote like this? Despite all the ramblings on gods and all that, there's a lot of superb comments regarding morality and such. Granted, out of date, but still a very worthwhile endeavor.

    Talbot Hook
    Stoicism is the Western, intelligible equivalent of Daoism. Focused on living out philosophy, and upon the dignity of man, as well as its promotion of logic, reason, and self-reflection, it is an excellent guide for betterment of the Self.(Of course, like all philosophical doctrines, it has its contradictions and nonsensical statements. These are sadly unavoidable, it seems.)

    Two comments on this edition: First, the translation is full of archaic terms, which creates considerable difficulty for the reading flow. Second, this is an illustrated edition, but is also a kindle edition, in other words, the images do not work well in an e-ink screen, and they are kind random and do not add anything to the content. There are much better editions available for kindle.

    Golden sayings -- but not particularly memorable sayings, if the fact counts that I remember none some months after reading them. I can't recall it boring me too bad, at least; though this ought to be a reminder to me to review books shortly after they have been read.

    Jorge Robles sanchez
    Great is God, for that he hath given us such instruments to hill the ground withal: Great is God, for that He hath given us hands and the power of swallowing and digesting; of unconsciously growing and breathing while we sleep!

    Very useful and thought-provoking introduction to Stoic thought, letting go of what doesn't matter or what you can't control, attaching importance more to how you live than what you achieve or possess, etc.

    Vincent Russo
    There are a few sayings which still hold very true today. However the bulk of these are simply for the time and hard to relate to the human experience overall.

    Carol Spears
    He wrote some quotable things -- there was a lot of redundancy.

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