Popular Abraham Maslow Quotes

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


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?


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks.


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.


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


The key question isn’t, ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is, ‘Why isn’t everyone creative?’


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

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