Abraham Harold Maslow Quotes (111) Spiritual Sayings

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About the Author: Abraham Harold Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) 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. Maslow was a psychology professor at Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research and Columbia University. He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to  treating them as a "bag of symptoms." See website for more info - http://www.maslow.com/


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“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“If you deliberately set out to be less than you are capable, you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“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”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“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


“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.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.”
― Abraham Harold 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 Harold Maslow


“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.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“The key question isn't "What fosters creativity?" But why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might not be why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate?

We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle that anybody created anything.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“What one can be, one must be!”
― Abraham Harold 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 Harold Maslow


“It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, an poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This weed we call self-actualization….It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


“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.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow


All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.
Abraham Maslow


You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
Abraham Maslow


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.
Abraham Maslow


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.
Abraham Maslow


A positive self image and healthy self esteem is based on approval, acceptance and recognition from others; but also upon actual accomplishments, achievements and success upon the realistic self confidence which ensues.
Abraham Maslow


When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain, or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem.
Abraham Maslow


I think of the self-actualizing man not as an ordinary man with something added, but rather as the ordinary man with nothing taken away. The average man is a full human being with dampened and inhibited powers and capabilities.
Abraham Maslow


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.
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


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.
Abraham Maslow


We must remember that knowledge of one’s own deep nature is also simultaneously knowledge of human nature in general.
Abraham Maslow


The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important.
Abraham Maslow


You must want to be first-class ...meaning the best, the very best you are capable of becoming. If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life. You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities.
Abraham Maslow


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


The most beautiful fate, the most wonderful good fortune that can happen to any human being, is to be paid for doing that which he passionately loves to do.
Abraham Maslow


There are no perfect human beings! Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, saints, shakers, and movers...even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.
Abraham Maslow


Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth.
Abraham Maslow


What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
Abraham Maslow


Self-actualizing people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy, and affection for human beings in general. They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were members of a single family.
Abraham Maslow


Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment... the values that self-actualizers appreciate include truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency.
Abraham Maslow


The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology
and a cripple philosophy
Abraham Maslow


We fear our highest possibilities. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments, under conditions of great courage. We enjoy and even thrill to godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in such peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe, and fear before these very same possibilities.
Abraham Maslow


One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.
Abraham Maslow


One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities.
Abraham Maslow


A stupid man behaves stupidly, not because he wants to, or tries to, or is motivated to, but simply because he is what he is.
Abraham Maslow


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.
Abraham Maslow


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


What one can be, one must be!
Abraham Maslow


When we free ourselves from the constraints of ordinary goals and uninformed scoffers we will find ourselves roaring off the face of the earth.
Abraham Maslow


Every person is, in part, 'his own project' and makes himself.
Abraham Maslow


Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.
Abraham Maslow


We must understand love; we must be able to teach it, to create it, to predict it, or else the world is lost to hostility and to suspicion.
Abraham Maslow


The best way to view a present problem is to give it all you've got, to study it and its nature, to perceive within it the intrinsic interrelationships, to discover the answer to the problem within the problem itself.
Abraham Maslow


The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
Abraham Maslow


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
Abraham Maslow


What is the good life? What is the good man? The good woman? What is the good society and what is my relation to it? What are my obligations to society? What is best for my children? What is justice? Truth? Virtue? What is my relation to nature, to death, to aging, to pain, to illness? How can I live a zestful, enjoyable, meaningful life? What is my responsibility to my brothers? Who are my brothers? What shall I be loyal to? What must I be ready to die for?
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


The most stable, and therefore, the most healthy self-esteem is based on deserved respect from others rather than on external fame or celebrity and unwarranted adulation.
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


The theory of science which permits and encourages the exclusion of so much that is true and real and existent cannot be considered a comprehensive science.
Abraham Maslow


It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.
Abraham Maslow


Life could be vastly improved if we could count our blessings as self-actualizing people can and do, and if we could retain their constant sense of good fortune and gratitude for it.
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 height. It is as if psychology had voluntarily restricted itself to only half its rightful jurisdiction, and that the darker, meaner half.
Abraham Maslow


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.
Abraham Maslow


The sacred is in the ordinary...it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's own backyard...travel may be a flight from confronting the scared--this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.
Abraham Maslow


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


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


I used up all my sick days, so I'm calling in dead.
Abraham Maslow


We fear our highest possibility. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.
Abraham Maslow


People with intelligence must use their intelligence, people with eyes must use their eyes, people with the capacity to love have the impulse to love and the need to love in order to feel healthy. Capacities clamor to be used, and cease in their clamor only when they are used sufficiently. That is to say, capacities are needs, and therefore are intrinsic values as well.
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


The person in peak-experiences feels himself, more than other times, to be the responsible, active, creating center of his activities and of his perceptions. He feels more like a prime-mover, more self-determined (rather than caused, determined, helpless, dependent, passive, weak, bossed). He feels himself to be his own boss, fully responsible, fully volitional, with more "free-will" than at other times, master of his fate, an agent.
Abraham Maslow


Be independent of the good opinion of other people.
Abraham Maslow


We need not take refuge in supernatural gods to explain our saints and sages and heroes and statesmen, as if to explain our disbelief that mere unaided human beings could be that good or wise.
Abraham Maslow


A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.
Abraham Maslow


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


We cannot study creativeness in an ultimate sense until we realize that practically all the definitions that we have been using of creativeness are essentially male or masculine definitions of male or masculine products. We've left out of consideration almost entirely the creativeness of women.
Abraham Maslow


Human beings seem to be far more autonomous and self-governed than modern psychological theory allows for.
Abraham Maslow


Whereas the average individuals "often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are," self-actualizing individuals have "superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general."
Abraham Maslow


(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.
Abraham Maslow


One cannot choose wisely for a life unless he dares to listen to himself, his own self, at each moment of his life.
Abraham Maslow


The human being needs a framework of values, a philosophy of life, a religion or religion-surrogate to live by and understand by, in about the same sense that he needs sunlight, calcium or love.
Abraham Maslow


A van backed through my windscreen into my wife's face.
Abraham Maslow


A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Abraham Maslow


One can go back toward safety or forward toward growth.
Abraham Maslow


What we call 'normal' in psychology is really a psychopathology of the average, so undramatic and so widely spread that we don't even notice it ordinarily.
Abraham Maslow


We can consider the process of healthy growth to be a never ending series of free choice situations, confronting each individual at every point throughout his life, in which he must choose between the delights of safety and growth, dependence and independence, regression and progression, immaturity and maturity.
Abraham Maslow


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


A musician must make music, an artist must paint, an poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This weed we call self-actualization….It refers to man’s desire for self-fulfillment, namely to the tendency for him to become actually in what he is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.
Abraham Maslow


We may define therapy as a search for value.
Abraham Maslow


Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.
Abraham Maslow


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


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.
Abraham Maslow


The emotional reaction in the peak experience has a special flavor of wonder, of awe, of reverence, of humility and surrender before the experience as before something great.
Abraham Maslow

Human nature has been sold short...[humans have] a higher nature which...includes the need for meaningful work, for responsibility, for creativeness, for being fair and just, for doing what is worthwhile and for preferring to do it well.
Abraham Maslow


The spiritual life is part of the human essence. It is a defining characteristic of human nature, without which human nature is not fully human.
Abraham Maslow


Language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
Abraham Maslow


The chicken came first - God would look silly sitting on an egg.
Abraham Maslow


What kind of guilt comes from being true to yourself but not to others?. As we have seen, being true to yourself may at times intrinsically and necessarily be in conflict with being true to others.
Abraham Maslow


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


Man is a perpetually wanting animal.
Abraham Maslow


To the extent that language forces experiences into categories it is a screen between reality and the human being. In a word, we pay for its benefits... Therefore, while using language, as we must of necessity, we should be aware of its shortcomings.
Abraham Maslow


In the ideal college, intrinsic education would be available to anyone who wanted it...The college would be life-long, for learning can take place all through life.
Abraham Maslow


What does 'happy' mean? Happiness is not a state like Vermont.
Abraham Maslow


The search for safety takes its clearest form... in the compulsive-obsessive neurosis... to frantically order and stabilize the world so that no unmanageable, unexpected or unfamiliar dangers will ever appear.
Abraham Maslow


A child wants some kind of undisrupted routine or rhythm. He seems to want a predictable, orderly world.
Abraham Maslow


...the great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard.
Abraham Maslow


Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction...
Abraham Maslow


Even when adults do feel their safety to be threatened, we may not be able to see this on the surface. Infants will react in a fashion as if they were endangered, if they are disturbed or dropped suddenly, startled by loud noises, flashing light
Abraham Maslow


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


If you treat your children at home in the same way you treat your animals in the lab, your wife will scratch your eyes out. My wife ferociously warned me against experimenting on her babies.
Abraham Maslow


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
Abraham Maslow

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