22 Famous Viktor Frankl Quotes

22 Famous Viktor Frankl Quotes

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Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist, neurologist, and Holocaust survivor. He is most famous for founding logotherapy, a form of existential analysis. He also wrote a best selling book Man’s Search for Meaning in 1946. He died in 1997 at the age of 92.

“A human being is a deciding being.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”

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

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a
person’s life at a given moment.”

“Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.”

“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By
his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and featur.”

“Man’s last freedom is his freedom to choose how he will react in any given situation”

“Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.”

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

“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 ones attitude in any given circumstance.”

“The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances —
to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an

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

“We who lived in the 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 the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own

“What is to give light must endure burning.”

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

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

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. ”

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

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”