Man’s Search for Meaning is a memoir by Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. It’s descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for physical, emotional and spiritual survival stands tall as one of the greatest contribution to psychological thought in the last decades; with lots of practical lessons to be drawn for readers today.
1.) “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing…your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation”.
2.) “It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us”.
3.) “The truth is that LOVE is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire”.
4.) “What’s the meaning of your Life?”… “The meaning of your life is to help others find the meaning in theirs”.
5.) [Re-affirming the words of Nietsche] “He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW”.
From the book, Frankl argues that no matter what life throws at us; pain, suffering, failure, anguish, e.t.c, it is possible to make meaning out of such circumstances. As a result, Frankl’s message is ultimately one of hope (logotherapy) – “meaning therapy”.
Even quotes alone won’t accurately convey the profound wisdom in this book. I would highly recommend you read it.