It is a peculiarity of man that he can only live by looking to the future...And this is his salvation in the most difficult moments of his existence, although he sometimes has to force his mind to the task.
There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one's life.
The quest for meaning is the key to mental health and human flourishing
Between stimulus and response is the freedom to choose.
It is here that we encounter the central theme of existentialism: to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.
If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.
Usually, to be sure, man considers only the stubble field of transitoriness and overlooks the full granaries of the past, wherein he had salvaged once and for all his deeds, his joys and also his sufferings. Nothing can be undone, and nothing can be done away with. I should say having been is the su
Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved.
It said to me, 'I am here â€” I am here â€” I am life, eternal life.'
We dislike talking about our experiences. No explanations are needed for those who have been inside, and the others will understand neither how we felt then nor how we feel now.
Then I grasped 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 in love.
Because of social pressure, individualism is rejected by most people in favor of conformity. Thus the individual relies mainly upon the actions of others and neglects the meaning of his own personal life. Hence he sees his own life as meaningless and falls into the â€œexistential vacuumâ€ feeling in
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.
For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn oneâ€™s predicament into a human achievement.
I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
Either belief in God is unconditional or it is no belief at all.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
You don't create your mission in life - you detect it.
It is always important to have something yet to do in life.
The incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather than degrading" so that "he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.
I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.
To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.' Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a hu
A man who could not see the end of his"provisional existence" was not able to aim at an ultimate goal in life.
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality
Set me like a seal upon thy heart, love is as strong as death.
Ultimate freedom is a man's right to choose his attitude.
The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.
Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of himâ€”mentally and spiritually. He may retain his human dignity even in a concentration camp.