Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl): Memorable Quotes

Viktor E. Frankl (Photo Credit: Prof. Dr. Franz Vesely / Wikimedia Commons)

Viktor Emil Frankl (1905 – 1997) was an Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist. A holocaust survivor, Frankl is also known for developing the theory of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (LTEA).

According to the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, the following tenets represents the basic principles of Frankl’s theory:

  • Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
  • Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.
  • We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.

His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, gives the reader a glimpse into life in a Nazi death camp but also details the thinking that underlies his theory of Logotherapy. Continue reading “Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl): Memorable Quotes”

Conversations with Myself (Nelson Mandela): Memorable Quotes


Nelson Mandela (Photo Credit: SA The Good News / Wikimedia Commons)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a human rights activist and the first democratically-elected president of South Africa. Also known as “Madiba“, he is not generally considered to be a philosopher though his thoughts on leadership, politics, and ethics make him (to my mind at least) a figure worth considering. In what follows I will detail a few memorable quotes from his book Conversations with Myself (first published in 2010), which also includes a forward by the former president of the USA, Barack Obama.

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Introduction to Philosophy (Resources)

In a previous post, I detailed some of the resources that I found helpful starting out in philosophy. The main aim of that specific post was to help guide the “absolute beginner”. In what follows I provide a few additional resources (by no means an exhaustive list!) that you’ll find useful once you have some understanding of the basics of the subject.

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New to My Library (Blackburn, Kaufmann, Mencius, Lao-Tzu, Epicurus)

It’s always a good day when new books arrive!

Blackburn, SimonThink: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy. [SA | Intl]. Want to learn more about philosophy, but don’t know where to start? Read my post about the resources that I found helpful.

Kaufmann, WalterExistentialism from Dostoyevsky to Sartre.  [SA | Intl]. For more on the philosophy of “existentialism”, including key themes and figures, read here.

Mencius. Translated by D.C. Lau. [SA | Intl]. “…thinker whose importance in the Confucian tradition is second only to that of Confucius himself” (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Lao-TzuTao Te Ching. Translated by Stephen Mitchell. [SA | Intl]. For a brief introduction to the thought of Lao-Tzu (a.k.a. Laozi), watch this YouTube video by The School of Life.

EpicurusThe Art of Happiness. [SA | Intl]. For a brief introduction to the thought of Epicurus, watch this YouTube video by The School of Life.

The Analects of Confucius: Memorable Quotes

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Growing up, I often heard people jokingly start a statement with “Confucius says…” Though I could not grasp what it meant at the time, it was understood that any statement that starts this way is supposed to convey some seemingly important truth and/or wisdom. It was only when I started my journey into philosophy, and subsequently read The Analects, that I began to appreciate the wisdom and importance of this man also known as Master Kong or Kongzi. In what follows I give my favourite quotes from The Analects (some considered to be authentic to Confucius, others not).

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