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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.
The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.
Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.
Man's search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a "secondary rationalization" of instinctual drives.
A man's concern, even his despair, over the worthwhileness of life is an existential distress but by no means a mental disease.
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.
Faith is trust in ultimate meaning.
When a person can't find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.
He who knows the 'Why' for his existence is able to bear almost any 'How'.
For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.
I think it was Lessing who once said, 'There are things which must cause you to lose your reason or you have none to lose'. An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behaviour".
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".
A man who could not see the end of his"provisional existence" was not able to aim at an ultimate goal in life.
The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.
Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.
Fear may come true that which one is afraid of.
If you treat people to a vision of themselves, if you apparently overrate them, you make them become what they are capable of becoming.
If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.
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.
In his creative work the artist is dependent on sources and resources deriving from the spiritual unconscious.
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.
A life of short duration...could be so rich in joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life lasting eighty years.
We have absolutely no control over what happens to us in life but what we have paramount control over is how we respond to those events.
Each of us has his own inner concentration camp... We must deal with, with forgiveness and patience-as full human beings, as we are and what we will become.
The truth-that love is the highest goal to which man can aspire.
No one has the right to do wrong, even if wrong has been done to them.
Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of scarifice
Having been is the surest kind of being.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - just think of an incurable disease such as an inoperable cancer - we are challenged to change ourselves.
Life requires of man spiritual elasticity, so that he may temper his efforts to the chances that are offered.
Religion is the search for ultimate meaning.
Everywhere man is confronted with fate, with the chance of achieving something through his own suffering.
The salvation of man is through love and in love
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
I do not forget any good deed done to me & I do not carry a grudge for a bad one.
No-one will be able to make us believe that man is a sublimated animal once we can show that within him there is a repressed angel.
As long as a self is driven by an id to a Thou, it is not a matter of love, either. In love the self is not driven by the id, but rather the self chooses the Thou.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.