Unless a person can control his passions, his desires, and his fears he is not in possession of himself.
No man is free who is not in command of himself. Since a man’s worth is measured not in terms of what he does or what he has, but what he is, it is desirable for us to become masters of ourselves.
This means that we must be inner directed, motivated by convictions rather than pushed about, like a weathervane, by pressures from without.
The ability to do what we ought and want to do and not as someone else wants us to do, is to be free.