Abraham Maslow Quotes

Most popular Abraham Maslow Quotes

When the only tool you have is a hammer, it is tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail.

human nature problem-solving

For our chronically and extremely hungry man, Utopia can be defined simply as a place where there is plenty of food.

utopia

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.
— Abraham Maslow

universe

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.

growth

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.  This need we may call self-actualization.

inner peace authenticity be yourself

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.

potential possibility

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
The puzzle that I'm now trying to unravel is suggested by the observation that the creative person, in the inspirational phase of the creative furor, loses his past and his future and lives only in the moment. He is all there, totally immersed, fascinated and absorbed in the present, in the current situation, in the here-now, with the matter-in-hand.

writing creativity

To be able to listen—really, wholly passively, self-effacingly listen—without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or disapproving, without dueling with what is being said, without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance, without free-associating to portions of what is being said so that succeeding portions are not heard at all—such listening is rare.

listening