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

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow

Profession: Psychologist
Nationality: American


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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

To the man who only has a hammer in the toolkit every problem looks like a nail.

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.

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

We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.

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.

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.

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

We may define therapy as a search for value.

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.