Abraham Maslow Quotes

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  • False optimism sooner or later means disillusionment , anger and hopelessness.

  • It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.

  • Let people realize clearly that every time they threaten someone or humiliate or unnecessarily hurt or dominate or reject another human being, they become forces for the creation of psychopathology, even if these be small forces. Let them recognize that every person who is kind, helpful, decent, psychologically democratic, affectionate, and warm, is a psychotheraputic force, even though a small one.

  • A person who makes full use of and exploits his talents, potentialities, and capacities. Such a person seems to be fulfilling himself and doing the best he is capable of doing. The self-actualized person must find in his life those qualities that make his living rich and rewarding. He must find meaningfulness, self-sufficiency, effortlessness, playfulness, richness, simplicity, completion, necessity, perfection, individuality, beauty, and truth.

  • The test of a man is: does he bear apples? Does he bear fruit?

  • Fear of knowing is very deeply a fear of doing.

  • An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my vehicle and vanished.

  • What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualizat ion.

  • We are dealing with a fundamental characteristic, inherent in human nature, a potentiality given to all or most human beings at birth, which most often is lost or buried or inhibited as the person gets enculturated.

    Abraham H. Maslow (2013). “Toward a Psychology of Being”, p.131, Simon and Schuster
  • Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.

  • 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

  • Expression and communication in the peak–experiences tend often to become poetic, mythical, and rhapsodic, as if this were the natural kind of language to express such states of being.

  • Self-actualized people...live more in the real world of nature than in the man-made mass of concepts, abstractions, expectations, beliefs and stereotypes that most people confuse with the world.

  • It is unfortunate to consider all lawyers as natural Satanists many are just dumb.

  • In order for us to become truly happy, that which we can become, we must become.

  • The good or healthy society would then be defined as one that permitted people's highest purposes to emerge by satisfying all their basic needs.

    "Motivation and Personality". Book by Abraham Maslow, p. 31, 1954.
  • We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.

  • Man has his future within him, dynamically alive at this present moment.

  • Since my mother is the type that's called schizophrenogenic in the literature-she's the one who makes crazy people, crazy children-I was awfully curious to find out why I didn't go insane.

    Attributed to Abraham Maslow in "New Pathways in Psychology: Maslow and the Post-Freudian Revolution" by Colin Wilson, 1972.
  • If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.

    As quoted in "Perfecting Private Practice" by Joan Neehall-Davidson, (p. 95), 2004.
  • We have got to abandon the sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.

    Abraham H. Maslow, Deborah C. Stephens (2000). “The Maslow Business Reader”, p.185, John Wiley & Sons
  • If the essential core of the person is denied or suppressed, he gets sick sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes immediately, sometimes later.

    Abraham H. Maslow (2013). “Toward a Psychology of Being”, p.16, Simon and Schuster
  • We do what we are and we are what we do.

  • Common sense means living in the world as it is today; but creative people are people who don't want the world as it is today but want to make another world.

  • Plateau experiencing can be achieved, learned, earned by long hard work.... A transient glimpse is certainly possible in the peak experiences which may, after all, come sometimes to anyone. But, so to speak, to take up residence on the high plateau .... that is another matter altogether. That tends to be a lifelong effort.

  • It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.

    Abraham Harold Maslow (1999). “Toward a psychology of being”, Wiley
  • You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.

    "Creating We : Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking and Build a Healthy, Thriving Organization". Book by Judith Glaser (p. 144), 2007.
  • All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.

  • Boys will be boys as long as there are no girls in the picture.

  • 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.

    Abraham Harold Maslow, Deborah Collins Stephens, Gary Heil (1998). “Maslow on management”, Wiley
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    Abraham Maslow

    • Born: April 1, 1908
    • Died: June 8, 1970
    • Occupation: Psychologist