Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl

“He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW”

The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life.

Three possible sources for meaning:
– in work (doing something significant)
– in love (caring for another person)
– in courage during difficult times (suffering)

You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.

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

A man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of 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.

It doesn’t matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.

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

No one has the right to do wrong, not even if wrong has been done to them.

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.

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.

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