Lemonade Life

Thursday, February 01, 2007

What I Learned In School Today

"Whenever there was an opportunity for it, one had to give them a why - an aim - for their lives, in order to strengthen them to bear the terrible how of their existence... What was really needed was a fundamental change in our attitude toward life. We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us." (76-77)


"For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquesly human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one's predicament into a human achievement." (112)

- Frankl, Viktor. "Man's Search for Meaning." Boston: Beacon Press. (c) 1959

3 Comments:

At February 06, 2007 8:48 PM , Blogger Sara said...

"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." (p. 104-105)

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." (p. 127)

But really the whole book is just AMAZING!!

 
At February 06, 2007 8:59 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

Mans search ALWAYS ends up making "LEMONADE" LOL!!! :) > I second your notion!!!!!!

 
At February 06, 2007 9:06 PM , Blogger Allison said...

Sara,

I wholeheartedly agree! If I could quote the whole book, I would have! These just happen to have been quotes that I used in an essay I wrote for the class last week... I love those other quotes too plus more.

Dawn,

I agree!

 

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