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“Man is originally characterized by his "search for meaning" rather than his "search for himself." The more he forgets himself—giving himself to a cause or another person—the more human he is. And the more he is immersed and absorbed in something or someone other than himself the more he really becomes himself.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“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 a 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 human 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 the brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when a 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.”
Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“The last of the human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. And there were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity...”
Victor Frankl, Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning
“Just consider a child who, absorbed in play, forgets himself—this is the moment to take a snapshot; when you wait until he notices that you are taking a picture, his face congeals and freezes, showing his unnatural self-consciousness rather than his natural graciousness. Why do most people have that stereotyped expression on their faces whenever they are photographed? This expression stems from their concern with the impression they are going to leave on the onlooker. It is "cheese" that makes them so ugly. Forgetting themselves, the photographer, and the future onlooker would make them beautiful.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“In his creative work the artist is dependent on sources and resources deriving from the spiritual unconscious.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“As long as a self is driven by an id to a Thou, it is not a matter of love, either. In love the self is not driven by the id, but rather the self chooses the Thou.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
tags: ego, id, love, self
“God is the partner of our most intimate soliloquies. That is to say, whenever you are talking to yourself in utmost sincerity and ultimate solitude--he to whom you are addressing yourself may justifiably be called God.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“Друг път работехме в изкоп. Утрото бе сиво, сиво бе небето над нас, сив бе снегът в бледата утринна светлина, сиви бяха парцалите по моите сълагерници, сиви бяха лицата им. Аз отново разговарях тихо с жена си или може би се мъчех да намеря причината за моите страдания, за бавното ми умиране. Като последен отчаян протест срещу безнадеждността на неизбежната смърт усетих как духът ми пробива обвиващия ме мрак. Почувствах как той надмогва този безнадежден, безсмислен свят и отнякъде чух победоносно „Да” в отговор на въпроса ми за съществуването на крайно предназначение. В този миг в далечна ферма запалиха светлина, която стоеше сякаш нарисувана на хоризонта, сред жалката сивота на баварската утрин. “Et Lux in Tenebris Lucet!” (И светлина просия в мрака). С часове сякох замръзналата земя. Мина охраната, подхвърляйки обида, и аз отново общувах с моята възлюбена. Все повече и повече усещах, че тя присъства, че е с мен; имах чувството, че мога да я докосна, че мога да протегна ръце и да хвана нейните. Чувството бе много силно: тя беше там. Тогава, тъкмо в този момент, тихо долетя една птица и кацна точно пред мен на купчината пръст, която бях изкопал в ямата, и ме загледа настойчиво”
Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“In particular, it is the challenge of youth to question the meaning of life. However, the courage to question should be matched by patience. People should be patient until, sooner or later, meaning dawns on them. This is what they should do, rather than taking their lives— or taking refuge in drugs.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“And as long as a self is driven by an id to a Thou, it is not a matter of love, either. In love the self is not driven by the id, but rather”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“...hay momentos en que la indignación puede surgir incluso en un prisionero aparentemente endurecido, indignación no causada por la crueldad o el dolor, sino por el insulto al que va unido.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
“El hombre no está absolutamente condicionado y determinado, al contrario, es él quien decide si cede ante determinadas circunstancias o si resiste frente a ellas… El hombre no se limita a existir, sino decide cómo será su existencia, en qué se convertirá en el minuto siguiente.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning