Life, Love, Quotes

“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.”

– Viktor Frankl

“Love is the only way to grasp another human being…

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Books, Life, Psychology, Quotes

“It is the very problem of our time that people are caught by a pervasive feeling of meaninglessness, which is the most conspicuous symptom of the collective neurosis of our time. It is accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. The “existential vacuum” has increased and spread literally all over the world. Our industrialised society is out to satisfy all needs, and our consumer society is even out to create needs in order to satisfy them; but the most human of all human needs – the need to see a meaning in one’s life – remains unsatisfied. People may have enough to live by; but more often than not they do not have anything to live for.”

– Viktor Frankl, The Feeling of Meaninglessness.

“It is the very problem of our time that people are caught by a pervasive feeling of meaninglessness…

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Books, Quotes

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”

– Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us…

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Books, Quotes

“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 than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”

– Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning.

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Audios, Links

In French: France Culture – Les Racines du Ciel: “Viktor Frankl” avec Pascal le Vaou et Anna-Maria Stegmaier

http://www.franceculture.fr/player/reecouter?play=4786070

Les Racines du Ciel, émission radio de Frédéric Lenoir et Leili Anvar.
Interview avec Pascal le Vaou et Anna-Maria Stegmaier (16 février 2014 – 7:05).

A 58 min interview with Pascal le Vaou and Anna-Maria Stegmaier, about Viktor Frankl, his life and logotherapy.

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