Viktor E. Frankl - Quotes

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment. ---->>>

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

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

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

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.

The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.

The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.

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. ---->>>

I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast. ---->>>

Fear may come true that which one is afraid of. ---->>>

A human being is a deciding being. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Austrian
Born: 03-26, 1905
Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
Die: 09-02, 1997
Occupation: Psychologist
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Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy". His best-selling book Man's Search for Meaning (published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism, and originally published in 1946 as Trotzdem Ja Zum Leben Sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager, meaning Nevertheless, Say "Yes" to Life: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp) chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal ones, and thus, a reason to continue living (wikipedia)