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Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.

— Viktor E. Frankl



Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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 E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Between stimulus and response is the freedom to choose.”

Between stimulus and response is the freedom to choose.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “What is to give light must endure burning.”

What is to give light must endure burning.

— Viktor E. Frankl


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

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “It is here that we encounter the central theme of existentialism: to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”

So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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 E. Frankl



Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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 E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “No one can take away my freedom to choose how I will react.”

No one can take away my freedom to choose how I will react.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Man’s search for meaning is the chief motivation of his life.”

Man’s search for meaning is the chief motivation of his life.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Despair is suffering without meaning.”

Despair is suffering without meaning.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Suffering presents us with a challenge: to find our goals and purpose in our lives that make even the worst situation worth living through.”

Suffering presents us with a challenge: to find our goals and purpose in our lives that make even the worst situation worth living through.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you.”

What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”

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


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.”

What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “The salvation of man is through love and in love.”

The salvation of man is through love and in love.

— Viktor E. Frankl



Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.”

Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “The meaning of my life is to help others find meaning in theirs.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “You can take away my wife, you can take away my children, you can strip me of my clothes and my freedom, but there is one thing no person can ever take away from me – and that is my freedom to choose how I will react to what happens to me!”

You can take away my wife, you can take away my children, you can strip me of my clothes and my freedom, but there is one thing no person can ever take away from me – and that is my freedom to choose how I will react to what happens to me!

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quotes: “An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” — Abraham Lincoln

An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

— Abraham Lincoln


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Decisions, not conditions, determine what a man is.”

Decisions, not conditions, determine what a man is.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.”

If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.”

In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.”

If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Pain from problems and disappointments, etc., is inevitable in life, but suffering is a choice determined by whether you choose to compare your experience and pain to something better and therefore feel unlucky and bitter or to something worse and therefore feel lucky and grateful!”

Pain from problems and disappointments, etc., is inevitable in life, but suffering is a choice determined by whether you choose to compare your experience and pain to something better and therefore feel unlucky and bitter or to something worse and therefore feel lucky and grateful!

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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 E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “View your life from your funeral, looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to accomplish but didn’t? What were the happy moments? What were the sad? What would you do again, and what you wouldn’t.”

View your life from your funeral, looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to accomplish but didn’t? What were the happy moments? What were the sad? What would you do again, and what you wouldn’t.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “If we take a man as he is, we make him worse, but if we take man as he should be we make him capable of becoming what he can be.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.”

Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “The quest for meaning is the key to mental health and human flourishing.”

The quest for meaning is the key to mental health and human flourishing.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her own life.”

Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her own life.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.”

Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.”

Love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “The point is not what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run- in the long run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”

I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run- in the long run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “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.”

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.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Pain is only bearable if we know it will end, not if we deny it exists.”

Pain is only bearable if we know it will end, not if we deny it exists.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “Self-actualization cannot be attained if it is made an end in itself, but only as a side effect of self-transcendence.”

Self-actualization cannot be attained if it is made an end in itself, but only as a side effect of self-transcendence.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.”

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

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how”.”

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how”.

— Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl Quote: “There are only two races, the decent and the indecent.”

There are only two races, the decent and the indecent.

— Viktor E. Frankl

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