24 Famous Abraham Maslow Quotes

24 Famous Abraham Maslow Quotes

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Abraham Maslow was a psychologist from Brooklyn, New York. He is most famous for the creation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This was a theory of mental health based on fulfilling innate human needs. He was also a college professor at Columbia University. He died on June 8, 1970 at the age of 62.

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

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

“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. ”

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Love, safety, belongingness and respect from other people are almost panaceas for the situational disturbances and even for some of the mild character disturbances.”

“One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.”

“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.”

“Secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs.”

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

“The best product should be bought, the best man should be rewarded more. Interfering factors which befuddle this triumph of virtue, justice, truth, and efficiency, etc., should be kept to
an absolute minimum or should approach zero as a limit.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“What one can be, one must be!”

“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”