The Enchiridion [Illustrated]
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He held professorships in Greek and Latin at the University of London and the University of Virginia. George Long (1800 1879) was a British classical scholar. His translation of Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius was published in 1862 and is considered the gold standard of Aurelius translations.
Language Notes Text: English (translation) Original Language: Latin
Remember, then, that if you suppose that things which are slavish by nature are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. Some things are in our control and others not. You will do nothing against your will. But if you would both have these great things, along with power and riches, then you will not gain even the latter, because you aim at the former too: but you will absolutely fail of the former, by which alone happiness and freedom are achieved.Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, "You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appe
Martin H. Dickinson said Epictetus goes well beyond Stoicism. Epictetus EnchiridionA great little book (Enchiridion means "handbook") that can be read in an hour or so-and that was precisely what Epictetus or the compiler, his student Arrian, intended. Epictetus, possibly the clearest of Stoic philosophers, provides a remarkable system of "dos and don'ts" for the seeker of wisdom. His ideas go well beyond Stoicism--I myself have heard management consultants quote his most significant idea: we should pursue things within our power and shun what is not within our power:"In our power are opinion, mov. A Lifesaver For a small book, "Enchiridion" packs a huge punch.The trappings of life may have changed immensely since Epictetus's time, but human nature remains essentialy the same. We still all too frequently get worked up over things we cannot control, or throw our hands in the air and refuse to make changes which are plainly within our ability. This book, then, reminds us of the futility of those behaviors and the necessity, instead, for some clear-eyed realizations.Its lessons are simple but effective: some things are within our control, and so. "Fortitude, Temperance, Prudence, Justice" according to Christopher Krause. The Enchiridion is the bridge between the old radical schools of Stoicism in the tradition of Zeno of Citium which taught to deny desire and defeat emotion to achieve 'eudaimonia' (excellence in temper) and the late era Stoicism which teaches us not to defeat emotion and desire but simply not to let it dominate prudent judgments, decisions and actions.Epictetus' Stoic philosophy is a practical philosophy for life that focuses on understanding what causes us grief in our life and then detaching ourselves from that grief; removing from ou