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.

Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow

Profession: Psychologist
Nationality: American


A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at pe.. Abraham Maslow

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

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.

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

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

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

We may define therapy as a search for value.

We fear our highest possibility (as well as our lowest one). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.