As the struggle for survival has subsided, the question has emerged: survival for what? Ever more people have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
I do the unpleasant tasks before I do the pleasant ones.
...being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneselfâ€”be it meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter. The more one forgets himselfâ€”by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to loveâ€”the more human he is and the more he actualizes
How can we dare to predict the behavior of man? We may predict the movements of a machine, of an automaton; more than this, we many even try to predict the mechanisms or "dynamisms" of the human psyche as well. But man is more than psyche.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. Viktor E. Frank
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
View life as a series of movie frames, the ending and meaning may not be apparent until the very end of the movie, and yet, each of the hundreds of individual frames has meaning within the context of the whole movie.
Austrian public-opinion pollsters recently reported that those held in highest esteem by most of the people interviewed are neither the great artists nor the great scientists, neither the great statesmen nor the great sport figures, but those who master a hard lot with their heads held high.
The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.
The one thing you can't take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one's freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given circumstance. Regardless of what happens to you you can always choose to be grateful by imagining how it could have been worse!
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E. Frank
Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.
No one can take away my freedom to choose how I will react.
When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. . . . He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies i
Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.
What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life. We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.
Such a value system might be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by unhappiness about being unhappy.
I had wanted simply to convey to the reader by way of concrete example that life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones. And I thought that if the point were demonstrated in a situation as extreme as that in a concentration camp, my book might gain a hearing. I
The point is not what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us.
The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.
In his creative work the artist is dependent on sources and resources deriving from the spiritual unconscious.
For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.
The last freedom is choosing your attitude.
...to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life-daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct.
Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it - likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.
To draw an analogy: a man's suffering is similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality
Ultimately, we are not subject to the conditions that confront us; rather, these conditions are subject to our decision ... we must decide whether we will face up or give in, whether or not we will let ourselves be determined by the conditions.
It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions.