Life changing Quotes from the book: Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)

  • When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
  • 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.
  • Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.
  • But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
  • An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.
  • In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
  • So 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!
  • No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.
  • Happiness cannot be pursued, it must ensue.


  • Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. (explaination needed)
  • Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. (exp needed)
  • Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. (…..)
  • It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. (…)
  • The pessimist resembles a man ……………

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