How to be Free by Epictetus

How to be Free is an Ancient Guide to the Stoic life and comprises The Encheiridion and selections from The Discourses.

Epictetus was born a slave and lived from 55AD to 135AD. This Roman Stoic philosopher taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate you anywhere, even in prison. Freedom for Epictetus is a psychological achievement, a gift that we alone can bestow on ourselves, by assigning value to what we can control and treating what we can’t control with equanimity.

Wherever I go I will be fine, because I was already fine here – not on account of the place but as a result of my principles, and I am going to take them with me. No one can take them away from me; they are my only possessions, irremovable ones that are enough for me, wherever I am and whatever I do.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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