Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.— Viktor E. Frankl
Unexpected Mans Search For Meaning quotations
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.
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.
Success, like happiness, is the unexpected side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.
In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
The more we search for ourselves, the less likely we are to find ourselves;
and the more we search for God, and to serve our fellow-men, the more profoundly will we become acquainted with ourselves, and the more inwardly assured. This is one of the great spiritual laws of life.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.
Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Why bad things happen to good people
An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.
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.
If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.
It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes life meaningful and purposeful.
No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.
A wise man once said that all human activity is a form of play.
And the highest form of play is the search for Truth, Beauty and Love. What more is needed? Should there be a ‘meaning’ as well, that will be a bonus? If we waste time looking for life’s meaning, we may have no time to live — or to play.
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality
Humor was another of the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation.
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.
The word philosophy simply means a pursuit of wisdom, the purpose of life, and a search for Truth. However, this quest, because it originates with man, can never find the answers. In fact, man cannot reach God or know God by intellectual pursuit.
Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.
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.
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.
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
And I quoted from Nietzsche: That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
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.
We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life.
We had to learn...that it did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us.
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.
Man's inner strength may raise him above his outward fate.
The meaning of our existence is not invented by ourselves, but rather detected.
Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features.
One can choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.
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.
We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: 1.
by doing a deed; 2. by experiencing a value; and 3. by suffering.
Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.
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.