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Epictetus

The Enchiridion

Born a slave and lamed by his master, Epictetus studied Stoic philosophy while in captivity. Once freed, he survived Domitian’s banishment of all philosophers from Rome to settle in Greece, where he founded a school of philosophy. He quickly rose to prominence as a renowned Stoic scholar and teacher, and even though he was personally friendly with emperors, he kept a simple life.
The Enchiridion is a summary of practical advice compiled by Epictetus’ student Arrian. While based on Epictetus’ lectures, it’s not a philosophical treatise as much as it is a short handbook with practical suggestions on how to live a good and satisfying life. It remained popular for centuries, with translations to different languages completed as early as 1493, and was even a common school text in Scotland during the 18th century.
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    It is a mark of want of ge­nius to spend much time in things re­lat­ing to the body, as to be long in our ex­er­cises, in eat­ing and drink­ing, and in the dis­charge of other an­i­mal func­tions.
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    If any­one tells you that such a per­son speaks ill of you, don’t make ex­cuses about what is said of you, but an­swer: “He does not know my other faults, else he would not have men­tioned only these.”
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    Who told you, then, that these are among the things in our own con­trol, and not the af­fair of oth­ers? And who can give to an­other the things which he has not him­self?

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