Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)

“If the only tool you have is 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.”

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

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”

“We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves”

“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

“I was awfully curious to find out why I didn’t go insane.”

“The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.”

“The fact is that people are good, if only their fundamental wishes are satisfied, their wish for affection and security. Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.”

“If you love the truth, you’ll trust it – that is, you will expect it to be good, beautiful, perfect, orderly, etc., in the long run, not necessarily in the short run.”

“We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.”

“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.”

“The way to recover the meaning of life and the worthwhileness of life is to recover the power of experience, to have impulse voices from within, and to be able to hear these impulse voices from within – and make the point : This can be done.”

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

“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.”

“A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.”

“We may define therapy as a search for value.”

“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.”

“During all my first twenty years, I was depressed, terribly unhappy, lonely, isolated (and self-rejecting).”

“If both the physiological and the safety needs are fairly well gratified, then there will emerge love and affection and belongingness needs, and the whole cycle already described will repeat itself with this new centre. Now the person will feel keenl”

“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.”

“The desire to know and to understand are themselves connotative, i.e. have a striving character, and are as much personality needs as the `basic needs’ we have already discussed.”

“Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe : the former is disturbing.”

“What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Religion becomes. a state of mind achievable in almost any activity of life, if this activity is raised to a suitable level of perfection.”

“Too many of the findings that have been made in animals have been proven to be true for animals, but not for the human being. There is no reason whatsoever why we should start with animals in order to study human motivation.”

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