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by Viktor Emil Frankl

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In what way does each of the following quotes relate to the overall meaning of Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning? "A life of short duration could be so rich in joy and love that it could contain more meaning than a life lasting eighty years." "If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering." "Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude." "What is to give light must endure burning."

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These are great quotes. Here's another: "Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love." Frankl's theme, even as he describes the incredible brutality of the camps, is that life is not meaningless -- in fact, it is full of meaning, and that meaning comprehends all of human experience, joy and suffering alike. The meaning of life, in short, is love. Furthermore, Frankl argues that no matter the situation, we are always free to choose to respond with dignity and love.

Each of your quotes has to do with Frankl's belief in this fundamental mental freedom.

"...a life of short duration..." The quote comes from a logotherapy session in which an old woman looks back on her life. The actual extract runs as follows:

As for myself, I can look back peacefully on my life; for I can say my life was full of meaning, and I have tried hard to fulfill it; I have done my best - I have done the...

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