"The truth—that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. 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. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world may still know bliss, be it only for a moment, in the contemplation of his beloved." [1]

“Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfil the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual. These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man, and from moment to moment. Thus it is impossible to define the meaning of life in a general way." [2] 

To be sure, a human being is a finite thing, and his freedom is restricted. It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions. [8]

"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” [3] 

"It is one of the basic tenets of Logotherapy that man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in life. That is why man is even ready to suffer, on the condition, to be sure, that his suffering has meaning." [4]

In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. [5]

"[Freud and Adler] are still sold on reductionism, as this still dominates the scene of psychotherapeutic training, and reductionism is the very opposite of humanism. Reductionism is subhumanism, I would say." [6]

“If we are to bring out the human potential at its best, we must first believe in its existence and presence."[7]

The uniqueness of man, his humanness, does not contradict the fact that in the psychological and biological dimensions he is still an animal. [9]


1. Man's Search for Meaning (translated by Ilse Lasch, Boston: Beacon Press, 2006), 37.

2. Man's Search for Meaning, 77.

3. Man's Search for Meaning, 105.

4. Man's Search for Meaning, 113.

5. Man's Search for Meaning, 109.

6. The Unheard Cry for Meaning (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978), 17.

7. The Unheard Cry for Meaning, 30. 

8. Man's Search for Meaning, 130.

9. The Unheard Cry for Meaning, 22-23.