The person is free who lives as they wish, neither compelled, nor hindered, nor limited- whose choices aren't hampered, whose desires succeed, and who don't fall into what repels them. Who wishes up, mistaken, undisciplined, complaining, in a rut? No one. These are base people who don't live as they wish; and so, no base person is free.

—Epictetus, Discourses, 4.1.1-3a (resource) Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

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