Abraham Maslow quotes

Born
April 1, 1908 Brooklyn, New York.

Died
June 8, 1970.

Occupation
Psychologist.

Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization.

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
– Abraham Maslow
You can see neurosis from below – as a sickness – as most psychiatrists see it. Or you can understand it as a compassionate man might: respecting the neurosis as a fumbling and inefficient effort toward good ends.
– Abraham Maslow
Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.
– Abraham Maslow
I was awfully curious to find out why I didn’t go insane.
– Abraham Maslow
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
– Abraham Maslow
With a tree, all the growth takes place at the growing tips. Humanity is exactly the same. All the growth takes place in the growing tip: among that one percent of the population. It’s made up of pioneers, the beginners. That’s where the action is.
– Abraham Maslow
It is as necessary for man to live in beauty rather than ugliness as it is necessary for him to have food for an aching belly or rest for a weary body.
– Abraham Maslow
We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
– Abraham Maslow
We may define therapy as a search for value.
– Abraham Maslow
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
– Abraham Maslow
Good psychology should include all the methodological techniques, without having loyalty to one method, one idea, or one person.
– Abraham Maslow
I’m someone who likes plowing new ground, then walking away from it. I get bored easily. For me, the big thrill comes with the discovering.
– Abraham Maslow
Education can become a self-fulfilling activity, liberating in and of itself.
– Abraham Maslow
The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.
– Abraham Maslow
Work is that which you dislike doing but perform for the sake of external rewards. At school, this takes the form of grades. In society, it means money, status, privilege.
– Abraham Maslow
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.
– Abraham Maslow
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
– Abraham Maslow
If you think only of evil, then you become pessimistic and hopeless like Freud. But if you think there is no evil, then you’re just one more deluded Pollyanna.
– Abraham Maslow
Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.
– Abraham Maslow
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.
– Abraham Maslow
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
– Abraham Maslow
With my childhood, it’s a wonder I’m not psychotic. I was the little Jewish boy in the non-Jewish neighborhood. It was a little like being the first Negro enrolled in the all-white school. I grew up in libraries and among books, without friends.
– Abraham Maslow
With my childhood, it’s a wonder I’m not psychotic. I was the little Jewish boy in the non-Jewish neighborhood. It was a little like being the first Negro enrolled in the all-white school. I grew up in libraries and among books, without friends.
– Abraham Maslow
Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation.
– Abraham Maslow
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.
– Abraham Maslow
What we need is a system of thought – you might even call it a religion – that can bind humans together. A system that would fit the Republic of Chad as well as the United States: a system that would supply our idealistic young people with something to believe in.
– Abraham Maslow
If I were a Negro, I’d be fighting, as Martin Luther King fought, for human recognition and justice. I’d rather go down with my flag flying. If you’re weak or crippled, or you can’t speak out or fight back in some way, then people don’t hesitate to treat you badly.
– Abraham Maslow
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.
– Abraham Maslow
Being a full human being is difficult, frightening, and problematical.
– Abraham Maslow
The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side… It has revealed to us much about man’s shortcomings, his illnesses, his sins, but little about his potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or his psychological health.
– Abraham Maslow
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
– Abraham Maslow
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
– Abraham Maslow