Quotations by Frankl, Viktor


What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
(1963)
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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 (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
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Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
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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! We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
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Humor is another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor more than anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
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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.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
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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 (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
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We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away 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 (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning, Part 1 (1959)
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What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning, Part 2 (1946)
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