Why should I know Viktor Frankl?

Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl is known for the book Man's Search for Meaning.

Books by Viktor Frankl

Quotes by Viktor Frankl

“A life of short duration could be so rich in joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life lasting eighty years.”

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“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“As to the causation of the feeling of meaninglessness, one may say, albeit in an oversimplifying vein, that people have enough to live by but nothing to live for; they have the means but no meaning.”

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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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“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. 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.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

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

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“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 Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“I do not forget any good deed done to me and I do not carry a grudge for a bad one.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsablity on the West Coast.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“It is a peculiarity of man that he can only live by looking to the future.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

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

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“Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

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

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“Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“Man is originally characterized by his 'search for meaning' rather than his 'search for himself'. The more he forgets himself — giving himself to a cause or another person — the more human he is. And the more he is immersed and absorbed in something or someone other than himself the more he really becomes himself.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

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

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.”

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

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“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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“The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.”

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“The meaning of life is to give life meaning.”

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“The truth—that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire…The salvation of man is through love and in love.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“To suffer unnecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.”

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

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

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

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“We cannot, after all, judge a biography by its length, by the number of pages in it; we must judge by the richness of the contents... Sometimes the unfinished are among the most beautiful symphonies.”

Viktor Frankl The Doctor and the Soul

“What is to give light must endure burning.”

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“When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”

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

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning

“Woe to him who saw no more sense in his life, no aim, no purpose, and therefore no point in carrying on.”

Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning