No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him.
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.'
A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life, I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.
The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.
What is to give light must endure burning.
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.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
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.
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.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
Last Update: 24 November 2020
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