Art of Living
No man stands alone. Through all the centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today…
You are the heir of the ages. Men reaching for the stars have created for you a world of wonder and challenge…
Living in you now are the ideals of the rugged soldiers of Valley Forge, the gallant Pilgrims, the daring explorers and pioneers, the fighters for freedom through all history…
On a more intimate note your mother, father, teacher, clergyman, friend have built their influences into your character…
More enduring than skyscrapers, bridges, cathedrals, and other material symbols of mans’s achievement are the invisible monuments of wisdom, inspiration, and example erected in the hearts and minds of men…
You hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions, and acts.
You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.
You select the colors of your emotions; discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong.
You select the colors of your acts: cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big.
Through the power of your creative imagination you catch a vision… you dream a dream.
You visualize yourself as the man you want to be.
“Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“Through books you can start today where the great thinkers of yesterday left off, because books have immortalized man’s knowledge. Thinkers, dead a thousand years, are as alive in their books today as when they walked the earth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“You open doors when you open books… doors that swing wide to unlimited horizons of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration that will enlarge the dimensions of your life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
The art of being is the assumption that you may possess this very minute, those qualities of spirit and attitudes of mind that make for radiant living.
It is a philosophy of being today, instead of becoming in a tomorrow that never comes.
It is recognizing that courage, joy, serenity, faith, hope and love are immediately available now, and proceeding to open yourself so these qualities can be expressed through you in everyday living.
Book Overview: Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it. By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life’s inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.
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Epictetus was born a slave around 55 A.D. in Hierapolis, Phrygia, in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it.
“When your thoughts, words, and deeds form a seamless fabric, you streamline your efforts and thus eliminate worry and dread.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“The flourishing life cannot be achieved until we moderate our desires and see how superficial and fleeting they are.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“To know that you do not know and to be willing to admit that you do not know without sheepishly apologizing is real strength and sets the stage for learning and progress in any endeavor.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“If anyone should tell you that a particular person has spoken critically of you, don’t bother with excuses or defenses. Just smile and reply, “I guess that person doesn’t know about all my other faults. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have mentioned only these.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Make it your business to draw out the best in others by being an exemplar yourself.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living
“Be careful whom you associate with. It is human to imitate the habits of those with whom we interact. We inadvertently adopt their interests, their opinions, their values, and their habit of interpreting events.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living