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Viktor E Frankl
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It is the pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. Viktor E Frankl
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Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it - likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them. Viktor E Frankl
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What is to give light must endure burning. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one's life. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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Now, it is my contention that the deneuroticization of humanity requires a rehumanization of psychotherapy. Viktor E Frankl
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It is true that we can see the therapist as a technician only if we have first viewed the patient as some sort of machine. Viktor E Frankl
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Man's search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a "secondary rationalization" of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning. Viktor E Frankl
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Happiness must ensue. It cannot be pursued Viktor E Frankl
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Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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You don't create your mission in life - you detect it. Viktor E Frankl
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When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. . . . He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden. Viktor E Frankl
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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. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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The one thing you can't take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. Viktor E Frankl
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Man can only find meaning for his existence in something outside himself. Viktor E Frankl
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Our attitude towards what has happened to us in life is the important thing to recognize. Once hopeless, my life is now hope-full, but it did not happen overnight. The last of human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, is to choose one's own way. Viktor E Frankl
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As such, I also bear witness to the unexpected extent to which man is capable of defying and braving even the worst conditions conceivable, Viktor E Frankl
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Man's inner strength may raise him above his outward faith. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose. Viktor E Frankl
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The point is not what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us. Viktor E Frankl
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There are some authors who contend that meanings and values are "nothing but defense mechanisms, reaction formations and sublimations." But as for myself, I would not be willing to live merely for the sake of my "defense mechanisms," nor would I be ready to die merely for the sake of my "reaction formations. Viktor E Frankl
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A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes-within the limits of endowment and environment-he has made out of himself. Viktor E Frankl
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Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it-likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them. Viktor E Frankl
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God is the partner of your most intimate soliloquies Viktor E Frankl
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Man's inner strength may raise him above his outward fate. Viktor E Frankl
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It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds. Viktor E Frankl
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Having been is also a kind of being, and perhaps the surest kind. Viktor E Frankl
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The more one forgives himself - by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love - the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself. Viktor E Frankl
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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. Viktor E Frankl
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The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory. Viktor E Frankl
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I had wanted simply to convey to the reader by way of concrete example that life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones. And I thought that if the point were demonstrated in a situation as extreme as that in a concentration camp, my book might gain a hearing. I therefore felt responsible for writing down what I had gone through, for I thought it might be helpful to people who are prone to despair. Viktor E Frankl
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It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes life meaningful and purposeful. Viktor E Frankl
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I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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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
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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
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For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped 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 in love. Viktor E Frankl
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Love goes very far beyond the physical person of the beloved. It finds its deepest meaning in its spiritual being, his inner self. Whether or not he is actually present, whether or not he is still alive at all, ceases somehow to be of importance. Viktor E Frankl
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The incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather than degrading" so that "he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy. Viktor E Frankl
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To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.' Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, through actualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation. Viktor E Frankl
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A sound philosophy of life, I think, may be the most valuable asset for a psychiatrist to have when he is treating a patient. Viktor E Frankl
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At such a moment, it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it all. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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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 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. Viktor E Frankl
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Either belief in God is unconditional or it is no belief at all. Viktor E Frankl
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I do the unpleasant tasks before I do the pleasant ones. Viktor E Frankl
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One should not search for an abstract meaning of life ... Life can be made meaningful in a threefold way: first, through what we give to life ... second, by what we take from the world ... third, through the stand we take toward a fate we no longer can change ... Viktor E Frankl
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Each of us carries a unique spark of the divine, and each of us is also an inseparable part of the web of life. Viktor E Frankl
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Decisions, not conditions, determine what a man is. Viktor E Frankl
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Fundamentally, therefore, any man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him-mentally and spiritually. He may retain his human dignity even in a concentration camp. Viktor E Frankl
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To draw an analogy: a man's suffering is similar to the behavior of a gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the "size" of human suffering is absolutely relative. Viktor E Frankl
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To be sure, man's search for meaning may arouse inner tension rather than inner equilibrium. However, precisely such tension is an indispensable prerequisite of mental health. There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one's life. There is much wisdom in the words of Nietzsche: "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how Viktor E Frankl
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Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. Viktor E Frankl
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I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. Viktor E Frankl
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Sunday neurosis, that kind of depression which afflicts people who become aware of the lack of content in their lives when the rush of the busy week is over and the void within themselves becomes manifest. Viktor E Frankl
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The salvation of man is through love and in love. Viktor E Frankl
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Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one's belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one's right to believe, and obey, his own conscience. Viktor E Frankl
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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. Viktor E Frankl
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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
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No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. Viktor E Frankl
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Such a value system might be responsible for the fact that the burden of unavoidable unhappiness is increased by unhappiness about being unhappy. Viktor E Frankl
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Once an individual's search for meaning is successful, it not only renders him happy but also gives him the capability to cope with suffering Viktor E Frankl
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. . . nothing could touch the strength of my love, and the thoughts of my beloved. Had I known then that my wife was dead, I think that I still would have given myself, undisturbed by that knowledge, to the contemplation of that image, and that my mental conversation with her would have been just as vivid and just as satisfying. "Set me like a seal upon thy heart, love is as strong as death." Viktor E Frankl
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Everywhere man is confronted with fate , with a chance of achieving something through his own suffering. Viktor E Frankl
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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. 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 E Frankl
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To suffer unecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic. Viktor E Frankl
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