Viktor E. Frankl Quotes – Quotes from the founder of logotherapy, also known as the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy”

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Quotes by Viktor E. Frankl. A selection of quotes from Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist.

Viktor E. Frankl

Attribution: Prof. Dr. Franz Vesely

  1. Love is the supreme and highest goal to which man can aspire.
  2. The salvation of man is through love and love.
  3. A man who becomes aware of the responsibility he has towards a human being who waits for him affectionately, or towards an unfinished job, will never be able to get rid of his life. He knows the “why” of his existence, and will be able to withstand almost any “how”.
  4. I would never have succeeded if I had not been able to laugh. He momentarily pulled me out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it habitable.

    Most men in a concentration camp believed that the real opportunities of life had passed. However, in reality, there was an opportunity and a challenge. One could make a victory out of those experiences, turning life into an inner triumph, or one could ignore the challenge and simply vegetate, like most prisoners do.

  5. The last of human liberties is to choose one’s own attitudes.
  6. When a man discovers that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. . . . He will have to recognize the fact that even in suffering, he is unique and only in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. Your unique opportunity lies in the way you support your cargo.
  7. Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm, while a great fire is reinforced by it, in the same way, a weak faith is weakened by the situation and catastrophes, while a strong faith is strengthened by them.
  8. If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load that is deposited on it, so that the parts come together more firmly. So, if therapists wish to encourage the mental health of their patients, they should not be afraid of increasing that burden by reorienting themselves to the meaning of their own lives.
  9. We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: 1. by writing; 2. experiencing a value; and 3. suffering.
  10. Love is the only way to capture another human being in the most intimate core of his personality. No one can become aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves it. For his love, he is able to see the essential features and characteristics.
  11. The more he forgives himself, by surrendering to a cause to serve or another person to love, the more human he is and the more he updates himself.
  12. Being tolerant does not mean that you share another person’s belief. But it means that I recognize the right of another to believe and obey his own conscience.
  13. Suffering presents us with a challenge: to find our goals and purposes in our lives that make even the worst situation worthwhile.
  14. I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka and Maidanek were not finally prepared in some ministry or another in Berlin, but in the desks and conference rooms of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.
  15. In psychiatry there is a certain condition known as suspension illusion. The condemned, immediately before his execution, has the illusion that he could be pardoned at the last minute. No one could understand the fact that everything would be taken away from him. everything we owned, literally, was our naked existence.
  16. Love goes far beyond the physical person of the beloved.
  17. A life of short duration … could be so rich in joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life that lasts eighty years.
  18. Here lies the possibility that a man will use or renounce the opportunities to achieve the moral values ​​that a difficult situation can provide him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not.
  19. Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what will happen to him, mentally and spiritually. You can preserve your human dignity even in a concentration camp.
  20. As a professor in two fields, neurology and psychiatry, I am fully aware of the degree to which man is subject to biological, psychological and sociological conditions. But besides being a teacher in two fields, I am a survivor of four fields, that is, concentration camps, and as such I also witness the unexpected measure in which man is able to challenge and challenge even the worst conditions imaginable.
  21. Austrian public opinion pollsters recently reported that those whom most of the people interviewed held in greater esteem are neither the great artists or the great scientists, nor the great statesmen nor the great sports figures, but those who dominate a lot of ideas high.
  22. Regarding the concept of collective guilt, I personally believe that it is totally unjustified to hold a person responsible for the behavior of another person or a group of people.
  23. The way a man accepts his destiny and all the suffering it entails, the way he takes his cross, gives him ample opportunity, even in the most difficult circumstances, to add a deeper meaning to his life. You can remain courageous, dignified and selfless. Or in the bitter struggle for self-preservation, you can forget your human dignity and become nothing more than an animal
  24. It is not the past that stops us, it is the future; and how we weaken it, today.
  25. It is well known that humor, more than anything else in human makeup, can allow a distant attitude and ability to overcome any situation, even for a few seconds.
  26. Draw an analogy: a man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain amount of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how large the chamber. Thus, suffering completely fills the human soul and the conscious mind, regardless of whether the suffering is large or small. Therefore, the “size” of human suffering is absolutely relative.
  27. No man should judge unless he asks himself with absolute honesty if in a similar situation he might not have done the same.
  28. Human kindness can be found in all groups, even those that as a whole would be easy to condemn.
  29. Undoubtedly, man’s search for meaning can awaken internal tension instead of internal equilibrium. However, precisely that tension is an indispensable prerequisite of mental health. There is nothing in the world, I dare say, that is so effective in helping one survive even in the worst conditions, such as the knowledge that there is meaning in life. There is a lot of wisdom in the words of Nietzsche: “He who has a reason to live can bear almost any
  30. Man is able to change the world for the better if possible, and to change himself for the better if necessary.
  31. Due to social pressure, most people reject individualism in favor of conformity. Therefore, the individual is primarily based on the actions of others and neglects the meaning of their own personal life. Therefore, he sees his own life as meaningless and falls into the “existential vacuum” that inner emptiness feels. Progressive automation causes an increase in alcoholism, juvenile delinquency and suicide.
  32. From Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And from Hiroshima we know what is at stake.
  33. Somewhere I heard a victorious “yes” in response to my question about the existence of the final purpose.
  34. I understood that a man who has nothing in this world can still know happiness, whether for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved.
  35. In his creative work, the artist depends on sources and resources derived from the spiritual unconscious.
  36. I will never forget how one night I was awakened by the moans of a fellow prisoner, who threw himself in his sleep, obviously having a horrible nightmare. As I had always felt a special sorrow for people who suffered from fearful dreams or delirium, I wanted to awaken the poor man. Suddenly, I withdrew my hand that was ready to shake him, scared by what I was about to do. At that moment I became intensely aware of the fact that no dream, however horrible, could be as bad as the reality of the camp that surrounded us, and to which I was about to remember it.
  37. If there is any meaning in life, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an indestructible part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life can not be complete.
  38. One night, when we were resting on the floor of our cabin, dead and tired, bowls of soup in hand, a fellow prisoner hurried in and asked us to run to the meeting grounds and see the wonderful sunset. Standing outside we saw sinister clouds that shone in the west and the whole sky with clouds and changing shapes and colors, from blue steel to blood red. The desolate gray mud huts provided a sharp contrast, while puddles on the muddy ground reflected the shining sky. Then, after a few minutes of silence in silence, one prisoner said to another: “How beautiful the world could be …
  39. Having been is also a kind of being, and perhaps the safest type.
  40. The search for meaning is the key to mental health and human flourishing
  41. Even when it is not fully achieved, we improve by striving to achieve a higher goal.
  42. Therefore, human existence – at least as long as it has not been neurotically distorted – is always directed to something, or to someone, rather than to oneself, whether it is a meaning to be fulfilled or another human being finds lovingly.
  43. Our main motivation to live is our will to find meaning in life.
  44. We need to stop asking about the meaning of life.
  45. Everything can be taken from a man or a woman, but one thing: the last of human liberties to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own path.
  46. We had to learn … that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected of us.
  47. He told me: ‘I am here, I am here, I am life, eternal life’.
  48. As such, I also bear witness to the unexpected measure in which man is able to challenge and challenge even the worst imaginable conditions,
  49. It is this spiritual freedom, which can not be taken away, which makes life meaningful and resolute.
  50. Now, I argue that the deneuronization of humanity requires a rehumanization of psychotherapy.
  51. Those who know how close is the connection between a man’s mood-his courage and hope, or lack of it-and the state of immunity of his body will understand that the sudden loss of hope and courage can have a deadly effect . The main cause of my friend’s death was that the expected release did not come and he was very disappointed.
  52. Happiness can not be achieved by wanting to be happy; It must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.
  53. The inner strength of man can elevate him above his external faith.
  54. Everywhere man faces fate, with the possibility of achieving something through his own suffering.
  55. The most important, however, is the third way to meaning in life: even the helpless victim of a desperate situation, facing a destiny that can not change, can rise above himself, can grow beyond himself and by doing so he can change himself. He can turn a personal tragedy into a triumph.
  56. No one can become aware of the very essence of another human being until he loves it. For your love, you can see the essential features and traits in the loved one; and even more, he sees what is potential in him, which is not yet updated. In addition, for their love, the loving person allows the beloved person to update these potentialities. By making it aware of what it can be and what it should become, it makes these potentialities come true.
  57. Only to the extent that someone is living this self-transcendence of human existence, is it truly human or becomes their true self? He becomes like this, not because he worries about the actualization of his ego, but because he forgets himself and gives himself away, overlooking and focusing on the outside.
  58. Despair is suffering without meaning.
  59. I would say that our patients never really despair about the suffering itself! Instead, their despair arises in each instance of a doubt as to whether the suffering is significant. Man is ready and willing to endure any suffering as soon as he can see a meaning in him.
  60. It is true that we can see the therapist as a technician only if we have first seen the patient as a type of machine.
  61. These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from one man to another, and from moment to moment. Therefore, it is impossible to define meaning in life in a general way.
  62. Man does not simply exist, but always decides what his existence will be, what will be in the next moment. For the same reason, every human being has the freedom to change at any moment.
  63. And I quoted from Nietzsche: That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
  64. In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of an imminent death, I felt my spirit cross the enveloping darkness. I felt that I transcended that world without hope and without meaning, and from somewhere I heard a victorious “yes” in response to my question about the existence of a final purpose. At that moment a light came on in a distant farm, which rose up on the horizon as if it were painted there, in the middle of the miserable gray of a morning in Bavaria. “Et lux in tenebris lucet”, and the light shines in the darkness.
  65. Maximum freedom is the right of a man to choose his attitude.
  66. How can we dare to predict the behavior of man? We can predict the movements of a machine, of an automaton; More than this, many of us even try to predict the mechanisms or “dynamisms” of the human psyche as well. But man is more than psyche.
  67. In times of crisis, people look for meaning. The meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our search and search.
  68. There are only two races, the decent and the indecent.
  69. Our greatest human freedom is that, despite our physical situation in life, WE ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS!
  70. Man is not completely conditioned and determined, but he determines himself if he yields to the conditions or if he confronts them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man simply does not exist, but he always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.
  71. We do not like to talk about our experiences. No explanations are needed for those who have been inside, and others will not understand how we feel or how we feel now.
  72. The Sunday neurosis, that kind of depression that afflicts people who realize the lack of content in their lives when the busy week’s rush ends and the emptiness inside them is manifested.
  73. Do not believe your mission in life, you detect it.
  74. Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of the work done and the love I love, but also the sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things that I am most proud of, although these are things that can not inspire envy.
  75. At that time, it is not physical pain that hurts the most (and this applies to both adults and children who are punished); it is the mental agony caused by injustice, the irrationality of everything.
  76. Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure problems than the awareness of having a task in life.
  77. It is reserved only for man to find his very existence questionable, to experience all the uncertainty of being. More than faculties such as the power of speech, conceptual thinking or walking upright, this factor to doubt the meaning of their own existence is what differentiates man from animal.
  78. Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm, while a great fire is reinforced by it, in the same way, a weak faith is weakened by the situation and catastrophes, while a strong faith is strengthened by them.
  79. We, who live in concentration camps, can remember the men who walked by the huts, comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of human liberties, choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, choose the path that is chosen.
  80. The search for man by meaning is the main motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in the sense that it must be fulfilled by him alone; only then will he achieve a meaning that will satisfy his own will for meaning … Man, however, is capable of living and even dying for the sake of his ideals and values!
  81. Because what matters is witnessing the exceptionally human potential at its best, which is transforming a personal tragedy into a triumph, turning the situation into a human achievement.
  82. Woe to the one who did not see more meaning in his life, neither objective nor purpose, and therefore it makes no sense to continue.
  83. An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.
  84. The last freedom is to choose your attitude.
  85. It is always important to have something to do in life.
  86. For Europeans, it is a feature of American culture that, again and again, one is ordered and ordered to “be happy.” But happiness can not be pursued; must go on. One must have a reason to ‘be happy’. Once the reason is found, however, one becomes automatically happy. As we see, a human being does not seek happiness but seeks a reason to be happy, last but not least, through the actualization of the potential meaning inherent and inactive in a given situation.
  87. Sports allow men to accumulate emergency situations. What he demands of himself is an unnecessary achievement and an unnecessary sacrifice. He artificially creates the tension that has been released from the affluent society.
  88. A healthy philosophy of life, I believe, can be the most valuable asset for a psychiatrist when treating a patient.
  89. A man who could not see the end of his “provisional existence” could not point to a final goal in life.
  90. As the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has arisen: survival for what? More and more people have the means to live, but it does not make sense to live.
  91. When a man discovers that it is his destiny to suffer … his only chance lies in the way he bears his burden.
  92. The only thing you can not take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me.
  93. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and continue carrying it out according to your best knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run, in the long term, I say! – Success will follow you precisely because you forgot to think about it.
  94. Success, like happiness, is the unexpected side effect of someone’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.
  95. What you have experienced, no power on earth can take away from you.
  96. If we take a man as he is, we make him worse, but if we take the man as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be.
  97. There are two races of men in this world, but only these two: the race of the decent man and the race of the indecent man.
  98. Success is total self-acceptance …
  99. No one can become aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves it.
  100. The meaning of our existence is not invented by ourselves, but rather detected.
  101. Life ultimately means taking responsibility for finding the right answer to your problems and fulfilling the tasks you constantly set for each individual.
  102. The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.
  103. We must never forget that we can also find meaning in life, even when we face a desperate situation, when we face a destiny that can not be changed. Because what matters is witnessing the exceptionally human potential at its best, which is transforming a personal tragedy into a triumph, turning the situation into a human achievement. When we can no longer change a situation, we only think of an incurable disease like inoperable cancer, we have the challenge of changing ourselves.
  104. The angels are lost in the perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.
  105. I simply wanted to convey to the reader, as a concrete example, that life has a potential meaning under any condition, even the most miserable. And I thought that if the point was demonstrated in a situation as extreme as that of a concentration camp, my book could win an audience. Therefore, I felt responsible for writing down what had happened, because I thought it might be useful for people who are prone to despair.
  106. Put me as a seal on your heart, love is as strong as death.
  107. There is nothing in the world, I dare say, that is so effective in helping one survive even in the worst conditions, such as the knowledge that there is meaning in life.
  108. Every human being has the freedom to change at any moment.
  109. The main concern of man is not to get pleasure or avoid pain, but rather to see a meaning in his life.
  110. Such a value system could be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by the unhappiness of being unhappy.
  111. At any moment, man must decide, for better or for worse, what will be the monument of his existence.
  112. Once an individual’s search for meaning is successful, it not only makes him happy but also gives him the ability to deal with suffering.
  113. Life is not primarily a search for pleasure, as Freud believed, nor a search for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a search for meaning. The best task for anyone is to make sense of their own life.
  114. Man can only find meaning for his existence in something outside him.
  115. Seeing life as a series of movie frames, the ending and meaning may not be apparent until the end of the film, and yet each of the hundreds of individual frames has meaning within the context of the entire film.
  116. See your life from your funeral, looking back on your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to achieve but you did not? What were the happy moments? What was the sad thing? What would you do again and what would you not do?
  117. What will you care if you notice that you are getting older? Do you have any reason to envy the young people you see, or do you become nostalgic for your own lost youth? What reasons do you have for envying a young person? Because of the possibilities that a young person has, the future that awaits him? “No, thanks”, he will think. “Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of the work done and the love I love, but of sufferings bravely suffered.” These sufferings are even the things that I am most proud of, although these things are things that are not They can inspire envy. “
  118. The search for man by meaning is the main motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in the sense that it must be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it reach a meaning that will satisfy its own will of meaning.
  119. The ultimate freedom of man is his freedom to choose how he will react in any given situation
  120. When a person can not find a deep sense of meaning, they are distracted with pleasure.
  121. I met those martyrs whose behavior in the field, whose suffering and death, testifies to the fact that the last inner freedom can not be lost.
  122. What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude towards life. We had to learn to ourselves and, in addition, we had to teach desperate men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected of us.
  123. For success, like happiness, you can not chase; it must come about, and it only does so as the involuntary collateral effect of someone’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.
  124. The man finally decides for himself! And in the end, education must be education towards the ability to decide
  125. Then I understood the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: the salvation of man is through love and love.
  126. [Speaking of his experience in a concentration camp:] As we said before, any attempt to restore the inner strength of a man in the field had first to show him some future goal … Woe to the one who did not see more sense in his life, without purpose, without purpose, and therefore it makes no sense to continue. He soon got lost.
  127. The only thing you can not take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of liberties is to choose one’s attitude in any circumstance. Regardless of what happens to you, you can always choose to thank for imagining how it could have been worse.
  128. The last of human liberties: the ability to choose one’s attitude, especially an attitude of gratitude in a given set of circumstances, especially in difficult circumstances.
  129. Pain due to problems and disappointments, etc., is inevitable in life, but suffering is a determined choice in case you choose to compare your experience and pain to something better and therefore you feel unfortunate and bitter or something worse and therefore You feel lucky and grateful.
  130. Pain is only bearable if we know it will end, not if we deny that it exists.
  131. There are some authors who maintain that meanings and values ​​are “nothing more than defense mechanisms, reaction formations and sublimations”. But as for me, I would not be willing to live simply for the sake of my “defense mechanisms,” nor would I be willing to die simply for the sake of my “reaction formations.”
  132. If there is any meaning in life, then there must be meaning in suffering.
  133. This is the core of the human spirit … If we can find something to live for, if we can find some meaning to put at the center of our lives, even the worst kind of suffering becomes bearable.
  134. The struggle for existence is a struggle “for” something; It is intentional and only in being is meaningful and capable of bringing meaning to life.
  135. Life asks each individual for a contribution, and it is up to that individual to discover what should be
  136. The more you forget yourself, the more human the person becomes.
  137. Between the stimulus and the response is the freedom to choose.
  138. Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing that we must recognize. Once hopeless, my life is now full of hope, but it did not happen overnight. The last of human liberties, to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, is to choose one’s own path.
  139. But my mind clung to the image of my wife, imagining it with a strange sharpness. I heard he was answering, he saw her smile, his look frank and encouraging. Real or not, his eyes were more luminous than the sun that was beginning to rise.
  140. I do the unpleasant tasks before doing the nice ones.
  141. I try to do everything as quickly as possible, and not at the last moment. This ensures that, when I am overworked, I will not face the additional pressure of knowing that there is still something to be done.
  142. You should not look for an abstract meaning of life … Life can be meaningful in three ways: first, through what we give to life … secondly, by what we take from the world … third , through the standing, we take to a destination that we can no longer change …
  143. No one can take away the freedom to choose how I will react.
  144. When a man can not find the meaning, he falls asleep with pleasure.
  145. Sleep [is like]a pigeon that landed near the hand and stays there while you do not pay attention.
  146. You can take away my wife, you can take my children away, you can take my clothes and my freedom, but there is one thing that no one can take away from me, and that is my freedom to choose how I will react. to what happens to me!
  147. One can choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances.
  148. The main concern of man is not to get pleasure or avoid pain, but rather to see a meaning in his life.
  149. The inner strength of man can elevate him above his outer destiny.
  150. I understood that a man who has nothing in this world can know bliss, whether for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of complete desolation, when a man can not express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may be to bear his sufferings in the right way – in an honorable way – in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image that he takes of his beloved, to achieve realization.
  151. When a person can find a deep sense of meaning, they are distracted with pleasure.
  152. The more you forget yourself, the more human the person becomes.
  153. God is the companion of your most intimate soliloquies
  154. When we are no longer able to alter a difficult situation, we have the challenge of changing ourselves
  155. Nobody can take away the ability to choose our attitudes towards the circumstances in which we find ourselves. This is the last of human liberties.
  156. … think of ourselves as those whom life asked them every day and every hour. Our response should consist, not in speaking and meditating, but in correct action and correct behavior.
  157. Either the belief in God is unconditional or it is not belief at all.
  158. The search of man for meaning is the main motivation of his life.
  159. The meaning of my life is to help others find meaning in theirs.
  160. This is where we find ourselves with the central theme of existentialism: to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in suffering.
  161. Each of us carries a unique spark of the divine, and each of us is also an inseparable part of the web of life.
  162. Consider a movie: it consists of thousands and thousands of individual images, and each of them makes sense and has meaning, but the meaning of the whole movie can not be seen before its last sequence is shown. However, we can not understand the whole film without first having understood each of its components, each of the individual images. Is not the same with life? Is not the ultimate meaning of life revealed at all, only at the end, on the verge of death?
  163. Happiness must follow. He can not be persecuted
  164. In short, we are not subject to the conditions we face; rather, these conditions are subject to our decision … we must decide whether we will face or give up, whether we allow ourselves to be determined by the conditions or not.
  165. Self-realization can not be achieved if it becomes an end in itself, but only as a secondary effect of self-transcendence.
  166. Decisions, not conditions, determine what a man is.
  167. Do not aim for success: the more you write it down and make it a goal, the more you will miss it. For success, like happiness, you can not chase; it must continue … as the involuntary side effect of one’s personal dedication to a superior course to oneself.
  168. I understood the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: the salvation of man is through love and love.
  169. Life requires the spiritual elasticity of man, so that he can temper his efforts to the possibilities that are offered to him.
  170. Freedom runs the risk of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibility. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the east coast be complemented by a statue of responsibility on the west coast.
  171. It really did not matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected of us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life and, instead, think of ourselves as those whom life asked them daily and hourly. Our response should consist, not in speaking and meditating, but in correct action and correct behavior. Life ultimately means taking responsibility for finding the right answer to your problems and fulfilling the tasks you constantly set for each individual.
  172. The forces that escape your control can take away everything you own except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.
  173. What man really needs is not a state without tension but rather the effort and struggle for some worthy goal of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning that he expects to be fulfilled by him.
  174. We, who live in concentration camps, can remember the men who walked by the huts, comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of human liberties: choosing one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, choosing one’s own path.
  175. The attempt to develop a sense of humor and see things with humor is a kind of trick learned while mastering the art of living.
  176. Suffering unnecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.
  177. Man is not completely conditioned and determined, but he determines himself if he yields to the conditions or if he confronts them.
  178. It is a peculiarity of man who can only live looking towards the future.
  179. Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.
  180. The culminating experience of all, for the man who returns home, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, he has nothing to fear except his God.
  181. Because what matters is witnessing the exceptionally human potential at its best, which is transforming a personal tragedy into a triumph, turning the situation into a human achievement.
  182. In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
  183. Love is the only way to capture another human being in the deepest core of his personality
  184. Life never becomes unbearable by circumstances, but only for lack of meaning and purpose.
  185. But there was no need to be ashamed of the tears, because the tears testified that a man had the greatest courage, the courage to suffer.
  186. In general, to be sure, man only considers the beard field of transience and ignores the complete barns of the past, in which he had rescued once for all his works, his joys and also his sufferings. Nothing can be undone and nothing can be deleted. I must say that having been is the safest type of being.
  187. It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a position towards conditions.
  188. When we can no longer change a situation, we have the challenge of changing ourselves.
  189. Everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of human liberties: choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, choose the path one prefers.
  190. Between the stimulus and the response there is a space. In that space we have the power to choose our response. Our response is our growth and our freedom.
  191. All have their own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a specific task that demands compliance. There it can not be replaced, nor can its life be repeated, therefore, the task of each one is unique as its specific opportunity to implement it.
  192. Because the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given time.
  193. Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
  194. The last of human liberties: the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.
  195. What should give light should last burning.
  196. Life can be attracted to the objectives with the same certainty that it can be driven by the units.
  197. Live as if you were living a second time, and as if you had acted wrong the first time.
  198. Every man is questioned by life; and he can only respond to life by responding for his own life; to life, he can only respond by being responsible.
  199. Ultimately, man should not ask what is the meaning of his life, but must recognize that it is he who is asked.
  200. More and more people have the means to live, but it does not make sense to live.
  201. Fear can become reality to what one fears.
  202. I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be complemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
  203. A human being is a decisive being.
  204. Although conditions such as lack of sleep, insufficient food and various mental tensions may suggest that inmates were forced to react in a certain way, in the final analysis it is clear that the type of person the prisoner became was the result of an internal decision, and not the result of camp influences alone.
  205. Love goes far beyond the physical person of the beloved. Find its deeper meaning in your spiritual being, your inner self. Whether he is really present or not, whether he is still alive or not, somehow it is no longer important.
  206. Our generation is realistic, because we have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; However, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers in an upright position, with the Lord’s Prayer or Shema Israel on his lips.
  207. I do not forget any good action that I have done and I do not hold a grudge for a bad one.
  208. The worry of a man, even his desperation, for the worth of life is an existential anguish, but in no way a mental illness.
  209. The incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling instead of degrading “so that” he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.
  210. What is demanded of man is not, as some existential philosophers teach, to endure the insignificance of life, but rather to endure his inability to understand his unconditional sense in rational terms.
  211. The transience of our existence at this time makes it insignificant. But it is our responsibility; because everything depends on us realizing the essentially transitory possibilities.
  212. Ironically, in the same way that fear carries out what one fears, in the same way a forced intention makes impossible what one desires by force … Pleasure is, and must remain, a side effect or by-product, and it is destroyed and spoiled to the extent that it becomes an objective in itself.
  213. Happiness can not be pursued; must go on.
  214. The point is not what we expect from life, but rather what life expects of us.
  215. … human being always points, and directs, to something, or to someone, more than to himself, whether it means satisfying or that another human being is. The more one forgets oneself, by surrendering to a cause to serve or another person to love, the more human he is and the more he updates himself … What is called self-realization is not an attainable goal at all, the simple reason that the more you try for it, the more you will miss it. In other words, self-realization is possible only as a side effect of self-transcendence.
  216. Logotherapy . considers man as a being whose main concern is to fulfill a meaning and to update values, rather than in the mere gratification and satisfaction of impulses and instincts.
  217. It is the pursuit of happiness that frustrates happiness.

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