Victor E Frankl is the author of ‘Man’s search for meaning’, a best seller. What makes his journey a lot more different to ours is that when Victor was trying to rationalize what was happening to him in the holocaust. He developed a theory called Logotherapy, which means “healing through meaning”. He counselled his prisoners, many of whom were suicidal, with a philosophy that argued with striving for meaning and making the most of the situation.
There were various instances where Frankl had almost given up hope of staying alive. He was at the brink, but what kept him alive or what helped him endure was the love for his wife. At that point, he didn’t know if his wife was actually alive but he hoped to see her again.
According to Frankl, there are three ways to find meaning in life.
- By creating a work or a deed
- By experiencing something or encountering someone
- By the attitude we take to unavoidable suffering.
Based on the iconic book, following are some of the most memorable quotes.