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Epictetus (55-135 CE) Enchiridion
A manual for living a contented life
Rendered by Charles Scamahorn (1935- ) 2014

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If your employer gave away your body to the next random person who came along the road, you would feel misused, and yet you commonly give your emotions to the next random person you meet in daily life. If that person happens to yell abuse at you, and you get upset, haven’t you given him your most valued possessions, the command of your inner self and your tranquility?


To maintain control of your inner self is your personal responsibility. The methods of the Stoic cultivate habits that will respond to events in a way that will quickly bring your emotions back to personal control and tranquility.