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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Abraham Maslow on motivation, love, situation, moment, awareness, growth, change, safety, creativity, positivity, life, capability and will.

34 Abraham Maslow Quotes For Your Daily Doze Of Motivation

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Born On
01 April 1908 AD

Died On
08 June 1970 AD

Born In
Brooklyn

Founder / Co Founder
Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Died At Age
62

Abraham Maslow, distinguished for creating ‘Maslow’s hierarchy of needs,’ was an eminent American psychologist. He served at various universities including Columbia University, Alliant International University, Brooklyn College, Brandeis University, and New School for Social Research as psychology professor. He was an exponent of paying attention on the good qualities in people, instead of focusing on the negative ones. He was ranked as the 10th most cited psychologist of the 20th century by ‘A Review of General Psychology’ survey in 2002. He specialized in the field of humanistic psychology and was a pioneer in this area. We have compiled some popular and motivational quotes and sayings by Abraham Maslow that will surely serve as food for thought. Presenting the most notable quotes and thoughts by Abraham Maslow on wisdom, wellness, security, necessary, self-actualization, failure, needs, psychological, education etc which are till date quoted by people from all walks of life across the globe.

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

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

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

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

- 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

We may define therapy as a search for value.

- Abraham Maslow

Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.

- Abraham Maslow

Being a full human being is difficult, frightening, and problematical.

- 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

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

- Abraham Maslow

Education can become a self-fulfilling activity, liberating in and of itself.

- 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

Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation.

- 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

Good psychology should include all the methodological techniques, without having loyalty to one method, one idea, or one person.

- 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

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

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

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

- 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

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

- Abraham Maslow

Rioting is a childish way of trying to be a man, but it takes time to rise out of the hell of hatred and frustration and accept that to be a man you don't have to riot.

- 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

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

- 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

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

- 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

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

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

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

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

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