"After all, man is that being who has invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who has entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or Shema Yisrael on his lips.”
I have a friend who recently blogged about how she usually only reads realistic fiction. It made me think. I am continually bouncing through genres. Classics, mysteries, historical, biographies, fantasy, science fiction....if it is well written then I will give it a read. Lately though I have picked up quite a few 'beach reads'. This is my term for fun reads that really require no thinking. As much of an escape as these are whenever I return to truly great works I often wonder why I don't read them all the time. They change my thoughts, my attitute towards my life, my conversations with my husband. In essence, they change who I am.
More Great Quotes From Man's Search For Meaning
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our reponse lies our growth and our freedom.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.