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At times, lightning decisions had to be made, decisions which spelled life or death.

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We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we have to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us.

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It is a peculiarity of a man that he can only live by looking at the future - - sub specie aeternitatis. And this is his salvation in the most difficult moments of his existence, although he sometimes has to force his mind to the task.

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What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you.

Not only our experiences, but all we have done, whatever great thoughts we may had, and all we have suffered, all this is not lost, though it is past; we have brought it into being.

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We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think ourselves as those who were being questioned by life-- daily and hourly.

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... It can be said that they are worthy of their sufferings; the way they bore suffering was a genuine inner achievement. It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes the life more meaningful and purposeful.

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These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man, and from moment to moment.

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Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the task which it constantly sets for each individual.

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But there's no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.

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Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct.

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What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life.

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Life is like being at the dentist. You always think that the worse is still to come, and yet it is over already.

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Spinoza

"Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it."

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Which does not kill me, makes me stronger.

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"There's only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings."

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"We dislike talking about our experiences. No explanations are needed for those who have been inside, and the others will understand neither how we felt then now how we feel now."

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Having been is also kind of being, and perhaps the surest kind.

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“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…as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”

When you go beyond your own personal aspirations, become less self-centered and more others-oriented, the act of living a life of service towards others and elevating the quality of others' lives through your kindness will create a byproduct of happiness. At the end of the day, true success is found in the relationships we nurture.

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VIKTOR E. FRANKL

“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.”

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Viktor Frankl: the founder of logotherapy

From 1940 to 1942, Victor Frankl was a director of the Neurological Department of the Rothschild Hospital, and from 1946 to 1970 he was the director of Vienna Polyclinic of Neurology.

As the only member of his family to survive the Nazi concentration camps, he developed a theory that individuals can endure hardship and suffering through searching for meaning and purpose.

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