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  1. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him.
  2. 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.
  3. Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake.
  4. 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.
  5. The more one forgets himself — by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love — the more human he is.
  6. We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.
  7. 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.
  8. When we are no longer able to change a situation — we are challenged to change ourselves.
  9. 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.
  10. Man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. A painter tries to convey to us a picture of the world as he sees it; an ophthalmologist tries to enable us to see the world as it really is. The logotherapist’s role consists of widening and broadening the visual field of the patient so that the whole spectrum of potential meaning becomes conscious and visible to him.
  14. Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
  15. To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy.’ But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to ‘be happy.’
  16. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.
  17. 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.’
  18. There is nothing in the world, I venture to say, that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life.
  19. I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
  20. Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone, other than oneself — be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter.

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