When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

— Viktor E. Frankl

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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.

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Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.

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Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.

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Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.

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Our greatest human freedom is that, despite whatever our physical situation is in life, WE ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS!

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Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

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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.

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Success, like happiness, is the unexpected side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.

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Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved.

It finds its deepest meaning in its spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance.

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What is to give light must endure burning.

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In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.

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For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued;

it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.

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An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

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About Viktor E. Frankl

Quotes 206 sayings
Nationality Austrian
Profession Psychologist
Birthday October 16

Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

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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.

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You don't create your mission in life - you detect it.

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Each of us carries a unique spark of the divine, and each of us is also an inseparable part of the web of life.

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Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.

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If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.

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

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No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.

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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.

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Even when it is not fully attained, we become better by striving for a higher goal.

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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 ones attitude in any given circumstance.

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Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality

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Self-actualization cannot be attained if it is made an end in itself, but only as a side effect of self-transcendence.

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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.

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Humor was another of the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation.

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Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.

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The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.

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To suffer unecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.

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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.

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Every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.

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But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.

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What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

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Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life;

everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.

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Only to the extent that someone is living out this self transcendence of human existence, is he truly human or does he become his true self. He becomes so, not by concerning himself with his self's actualization, but by forgetting himself and giving himself, overlooking himself and focusing outward.

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The crowning experience of all, for the homecoming man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, there is nothing he need fear anymore—except his God.

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Once an individual's search for meaning is successful, it not only renders him happy but also gives him the capability to cope with suffering

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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.

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Between stimulus and response is the freedom to choose.

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The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.

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Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.

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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 one’s predicament into a human achievement.

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Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake.

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And I quoted from Nietzsche: That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.

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Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.

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We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life.

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Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

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We had to learn...that it did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us.

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