Wednesday, December 15, 2010

...everything can be taken from a man but one thing...

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

1 comment:

Kevin said...

One of the greatest books ever written.

Another way of saying almost the same thing: " can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." Robert Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940.