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Abraham Maslow Quotes


An American psychologist.
(1908 - 1970)

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A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
[Success]
 

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.
 

All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.
[Active]
 

But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
 

Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values.
 

Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.
 

Education is learning to grow, learning what to grow toward, learning what is good and bad, learning what is desirable and undesirable, learning what to choose and what not to choose.
[Education]
 

He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.
 

I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
[Psychiatry]
 

I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive.
 

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
 

I was awfully curious to find out why I didn't go insane.
 

If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I'd still swim. And I'd despise the one who gave up.
 

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
 

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
 

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
 

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
 

It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.
 

Laugh at what you hold sacred, and still hold it sacred.
 

One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.
 


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