A holocaust survivor who survived four concentration camps: Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering, and Türkheim during WWII, Viktor Emil Frankl is the founder of logotherapy (Healing Through Meaning) and the author of the best-selling classic memoir: Man’s Search for Meaning (1946).
Born on 26 March 1905 in Vienna, Austria, Viktor E. Frankl was a renowned Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist who dedicated much of his life to helping individuals search for meaning through the psychological approach known as logotherapy.
Logotherapy is widely recognized as the “third school” of Viennese psychotherapy, after the “first school” of Sigmund Freud and the “second school” of Alfred Adler.
Viktor Frankl spent three long dreadful years (from 1942 to 1945) in the horrendous, unlivable nazi concentration camps.
Despite the gruesome experience of Auschwitz, it taught Frankl the main purpose of life: the quest for meaning.
As Frankl witnessed the brutality and terror unfold around him, he observed that those who had some meanings in their lives were much more likely to survive.
Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater.”Viktor E. Frankl
- Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning – Brain Picking
- 10 Lessons I Learned From Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl – Medium
- There’s More to Life Than Being Happy – The Atlantic
Below are the best Viktor Frankl quotes so you can be inspired to search for meaning and live life to the fullest.
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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.”Viktor E. Frankl
20 Viktor E. Frankl Quotes on The Meaning of Life
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.”Viktor E. Frankl
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.”Viktor E. Frankl
If you call ‘religious’ a man who believes in what I call a Supermeaning, a meaning so comprehensive that you can no longer grasp it, get hold of it in rational intellectual terminology, then one should feel free to call me religious, really.”Viktor E. Frankl
21 Viktor E. Frankl Quotes on Success & Purpose in Life
View life as a series of movie frames, the ending and meaning may not be apparent until the very end of the movie, and yet, each of the hundreds of individual frames has meaning within the context of the whole movie.”Viktor E. Frankl
For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement.”Victor E. Frankl
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the ‘why’ for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any ‘how.’Viktor E. Frankl
11 Victor E. Frankl Quotes on Pain, Suffering & Life in Auschwitz
When I was taken to the concentration camp of Auschwitz, a manuscript of mine ready for publication was confiscated. Certainly, my deep desire to write this manuscript anew helped me to survive the rigors of the camps I was in.”Victor E. Frankl
As for the concept of collective guilt, I personally think that it is totally unjustified to hold one person responsible for the behavior of another person or a collective of persons.”Viktor E. Frankl
It is here that we encounter the central theme of existentialism: to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.”Viktor E. Frankl
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