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70 phrases by Viktor E. Frankl about the meaning of life

70 phrases by Viktor E. Frankl about the meaning of life


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Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 - 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the "Third School of Psychotherapy in Vienna." Your best seller Man's Search for Meaning He narrates his experiences as an inmate in a concentration camp, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal, and thus, a reason to continue living. Frankl became one of the key figures of existential therapy and an important source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

Today we have compiled some of his best quotes to inspire you, do not miss them!

Famous quotes by Viktor E. Frankl

When we can no longer change a situation, we have the challenge of changing ourselves.

Life never becomes unbearable due to circumstances, but only for lack of meaning and purpose.

The decisions, not the conditions, determine who we are.

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

The meaning of my life is to help others find meaning in theirs.

Being tolerant does not mean that you share another person's belief. But it means that I recognize the right of another to believe and obey their own conscience.

It is not the past that stops us, it is the future; and how we weaken it, today.

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

Our greatest human freedom is that, despite our physical situation in life, we are always free to choose our thoughts!

Humor is another weapon of the soul in the struggle for self-preservation.

No man should judge unless he wonders with absolute honesty if in a similar situation he might not have done the same.

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.

I don't forget any good deeds they've done to me, and I don't hold a grudge for a bad one.

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

When a person cannot find a deep sense of their meaning, they are distracted by pleasure.

The search for meaning is the key to mental health and human flowering.

A man who becomes aware of responsibility, who tends towards another human being and waits for him affectionately, or towards an unfinished job, can never get rid of his life. He knows the "why" of his existence, and will be able to withstand almost any "how."

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

Do not believe your mission in life, you detect it.

Life is not primarily a search for pleasure, as Freud believed, nor a search for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a search for meaning. The best task for anyone is to make sense of their own life.

I would say that our patients never really despair of the suffering itself! Instead, their despair arises in each instance of a doubt as to whether the suffering is significant. Man is ready and willing to endure any suffering as soon as he can see a meaning in him.

An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

Life asks each individual for a contribution, and it is up to that individual to discover what it should be.

The important thing is not what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us.

This is the core of the human spirit ... If we can find something to live for, if we can find any meaning to put at the center of our lives, even the worst kind of suffering becomes bearable.

We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: 1. by writing; 2. experiencing a value; and 3. suffering.

Even when it is not fully achieved, we improve by striving to achieve a higher objective.

Love goes far beyond the physical person of the loved one.

If there is any meaning in life, then there must be a meaning in suffering.

It is here that we find the central theme of existentialism: to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in suffering.

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

Between the stimulus and the response there is a space. In that space we have the power to choose our answer. Our response is our growth and our freedom.

Sunday neurosis, that type of depression that afflicts people who realize the lack of content in their lives when the rush of the busy week ends and the emptiness within them manifests itself.

The pain is only bearable if we know it will end, not if we deny that it exists.

Every man is questioned by life; and he can only respond to life by responding for his own life; to life, he can only respond by being responsible.

The inner strength of man can raise him above his outer destiny.

The more you forget yourself, the more human the person becomes.

Either belief in God is unconditional or not belief at all.

In times of crisis, people look for meaning. The meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our search and search.

Suffering unnecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.

Everything can be taken from a man, except one thing: the last of human liberties: choosing one's attitude in any set of circumstances, choosing their own path.

If we take a man as he is, we make him worse, but if we take the man as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be.

God is the companion of your most intimate soliloquies

Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm, while a great fire is reinforced by it, in the same way, a weak faith is weakened by the situation and catastrophes, while a strong faith is strengthened by them.

When a man discovers that it is his destiny to suffer ... his only chance lies in the way he carries his burden.

For success, like happiness, it cannot be pursued; it must come about, and it only does so as the involuntary side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the byproduct of delivering one to a person other than oneself.

At that time, it is not physical pain that hurts the most (and this applies to both adults and punished children); It is the mental agony caused by injustice, the irrationality of everything.

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

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

But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, because tears gave testimony that a man had the greatest courage, the courage to suffer.

Logotherapy considers man as a being whose main concern is to fulfill a meaning and to update its values, rather than the mere gratification and satisfaction of impulses and instincts.

Love is the only way to capture another human being in the deepest core of your personality.

Despair is suffering without meaning.

Regardless of what happens to you, you can always choose to thank by imagining how it could have been worse.

The more you forgive yourself, by surrendering yourself to a cause to serve or another person to love, the more human you are and the more you update yourself.

Once an individual's search for meaning is successful, it not only makes you happy, but also gives you the ability to deal with suffering.

Our generation is realistic, because we have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented Auschwitz's gas chambers; However, it is also that being that entered those gas chambers in an upright position, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Israel on his lips.

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

What we really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude towards life. We had to learn ourselves and, in addition, we had to teach desperate men, that it didn't really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected of us.

The main concern of man is not to obtain pleasure or avoid pain, but rather to see a meaning in his life.

Your last freedom is to choose your attitude.

You should not look for an abstract meaning of life ... Life can be made meaningful in three ways: first, through what we give to life ... secondly, from what we take from the world ... third, by taking a destiny that already We can't change

It is likely that nothing helps a person overcome or endure problems that the awareness of having a task in life.

Self-realization cannot be achieved if it becomes an end in itself, but only as a side effect of self-transcendence.

The only thing you can't take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of the freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any circumstance.

As a teacher in two fields, neurology and psychiatry, I am fully aware of the degree to which man is subject to biological, psychological and sociological conditions. But in addition to being a teacher in two fields, I am a survivor of four camps, that is, concentration camps, and as such I also witness the unexpected extent to which man is capable of challenging and even challenging the worst imaginable conditions.

More and more people have the means to live, but they don't have the meaning to live.

There is nothing in the world, I dare to say, that it is as effective in helping one survive even in the worst conditions, such as the knowledge that there is meaning in life.

What man really needs is not a state without tension but rather the effort and the struggle for some objective worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any price, but the call of a potential meaning that is expected to be fulfilled by him.

Love is the only way to capture another human being in the most intimate core of his personality. No one can become aware of the essence of another human being unless he loves it. Thanks to your love, you can see the essential features and features.

I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka and Maidanek were not finally prepared in some ministry or another in Berlin, but in the desks and conference rooms of Nihilist scientists and philosophers.

I finally understood 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 love.

Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing that we must recognize. Once hopeless, my life is now full of hope, but it didn't happen overnight. The last of human freedoms, choosing one's attitude in any set of circumstances, is choosing one's own path.

The angels are lost in the perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.

Seeing life as a series of movie frames, the end and meaning may not be apparent until the end of the movie, and yet each of the hundreds of individual frames has meaning within the context of the entire movie.

Everyone has their own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete task that demands fulfillment. There he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, therefore, each one's task is unique, as is his specific opportunity to implement it.

The way a man accepts his destiny and all the suffering that it entails, the way he takes his cross, gives him ample opportunity, even in the most difficult circumstances, to add a deeper meaning to his life. You can remain brave, dignified and selfless. Or in the bitter struggle for self preservation, you can forget your human dignity and become nothing more than an animal.

Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.

Man can only find meaning for his existence in something outside him.

Love goes far beyond the physical person of the beloved. Find your deepest meaning in your spiritual being, your inner self. If it is really present or not, if it is still alive or not, it somehow ceases to be important.

A human being is a decisive being.