Abraham Maslow Quotes

Who was Abraham Maslow?

Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist known for Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Born April 1, 1908
Died June 8, 1970
Aged 62 years old

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Best 13 Quotes by 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. What a man can be, he must be.”

“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.”

“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 the essential core of the person is denied or suppressed, he gets sick sometimes in obvious ways, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes immediately, sometimes later.”

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

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

“It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”

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“Obviously the most beautiful fate, the most wonderful good fortune that can happen to any human being, is to be paid for doing that which he passionately loves to do.”

“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.”

“The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard.”

“To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”

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

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“Seeing is better than being blind, even when seeing hurts.”

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