Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, though these are things which cannot inspire envy.
As such, I also bear witness to the unexpected extent to which man is capable of defying and braving even the worst conditions conceivable,
A sound philosophy of life, I think, may be the most valuable asset for a psychiatrist to have when he is treating a patient.
Man's search for meaning is the chief motivation of his life.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E. Frank
God is the partner of your most intimate soliloquies
And I quoted from Nietzsche: That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
Our generation is realistic, for 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 upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.
One should not search for an abstract meaning of life ... Life can be made meaningful in a threefold way: first, through what we give to life ... second, by what we take from the world ... third, through the stand we take toward a fate we no longer can change ...
A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes - within the limits of endowment and environment- he has made out of himself. In the concentration camps, for example, in this living laboratory and on this testing groun
Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
What is demanded of man is not, as some existential philosophers teach, to endure the meaninglessness of life, but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaningfulness in rational terms.
In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gloom. I felt it transcend that hopeless, meaningless world, and from somewhere I heard a victorious "Yes" in answer to my question of the existence of an ultimate purpose. At tha
As for the concept of collective guilt, I personally think that it is totally unjustified to hold one person responsible for the behavior of another person or a collective of persons.
It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes life meaningful and purposeful.
Humor was another of the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation.
The last freedom is choosing your attitude.
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
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.
Happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy - it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.
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
You don't create your mission in life - you detect it.
We had to learn...that it did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us.
For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.
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.
Even when it is not fully attained, we become better by striving for a higher goal.
The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity â€” even under the most difficult circumstances â€” to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.