Viktor E. Frankl
A human being is a deciding being.
Fear may come true that which one is afraid of.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
The last of human freedoms – the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.
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.
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.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.