What is to give light must endure burning.

-Viktor E Frankl
Viktor E Frankl

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.

Viktor E Frankl
I would say that our patients never really despair because of any suffering in itself! Instead, their despair stems in each instance from a doubt as to whether suffering is meaningful. Man is ready and willing to shoulder any suffering as soon and as long as he can see a meaning in it.
Viktor E Frankl

The meaning of my life is to help others find meaning in theirs.

Viktor E Frankl
It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes life meaningful and purposeful.
Viktor E Frankl

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 ...

Viktor E Frankl
Man's inner strength may raise him above his outward fate.
Viktor E Frankl

There are some authors who contend that meanings and values are "nothing but defense mechanisms, reaction formations and sublimations." But as for myself, I would not be willing to live merely for the sake of my "defense mechanisms," nor would I be ready to die merely for the sake of my "reaction formations.

Viktor E Frankl
Man's search for meaning is the chief motivation of his life.
Viktor E Frankl

Either belief in God is unconditional or it is no belief at all.

Viktor E Frankl
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 in the way in which he bears his burden.