These are some quotes from the founder of Logotherapy, Prof. Viktor Frankl. They have been chosen to illustrate the breadth and the depth of his thinking and its applicability in 'real life' situations.
To watch a selection of original recordings of Prof. Frankl's many interviews and lectures, and for further biographical information, visit the Viktor Frankl Institut (Vienna) website: www.viktorfrankl.org
- 'Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.'
- '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'.
- 'We who lived in 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 way'.
- 'A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which Man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of Man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when Man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honorable way – in such a position Man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, "The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory'.