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¦ Alleged quote: "Between stimulus and response ..."

We are often asked for the origin of the following quote, which is ascribed to Viktor Frankl:

Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

The true origin of the quotation is somewhat involved. To put it shortly, the author Stephen R. Covey used to recount that he found the quote in a library book and thought it fitting to describe Frankl's views - but he did not note down the book's author and title.

You may view Covey's account here:


Franz Vesely
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