Viktor Frankl, Oliver Sacks, Kurt Vonnegut — & KC

So, I’ve long had this lovely quotation in my collection:

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Victor Frankl

(2 other Frankl gems I came across when I did the search in my Quotes document:

“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” –Victor Frankl

“What is to give light must endure burning.” – Victor Frankl)

& then this morning, I caught part of a short documentary about Frankl, on CBC Radio.

The man was an amazing one!! So glad I caught most of that documentary! 🙂 It’s here.


Oliver Sacks said this, that I greatly appreciate, & keep sharing with people:

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” – Oliver Sacks, doctor, neurologist, prolific author, in his bookGratitude, essays written during his last 2 years of life


Kurt Vonnegut used to exhort people to say, as often as possible, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.

Sometimes, I need to be reminded of this!

Maybe we all do.


These are insane & scary times to be a (conscious) human being.

Some days, I need simple reminders that

a) I am in charge of my own attitude … still, & always

b) my life is very good indeed, & I have a ton to be grateful for … still, & always


As a friend of mine said the other day, however deep our awareness of the frightening depth of the numerous crises we’ve caused, that are now strangling the life out of us,

“Celebrate because we are still here! There’s opportunity still to make a difference, and love, laugh, cry, sing and be still.”

& so it is.


p.s. thanks, KC!