Maxwell Maltz Quotes

Who the Hell is Maxwell Maltz?

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon. Maltz is best known for his 1960 book Psycho-Cybernetics, which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image leading to a more successful and fulfilling life.

Born March 10, 1889
Died April 07, 1975

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Best 47 Quotes by Maxwell Maltz

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal.”

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“If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”

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“Live in the present. The past is gone; the future is unknown – but the present is real, and your opportunities are now. You must see these opportunities; they must be real for you. The catch is that they can't seem real if your mind is buried in past failures, if you keep reliving old mistakes, old guilts, old tragedies. Fight your way above the many inevitable Traumatizations of your ego, escape damnation by the past, and look to the opportunities of the present. I don't mean some vague moment in the present – next week or next month, perhaps. I mean today, this minute.”

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“Man of all creatures is more than a creature, he is also a creator. Man alone can direct his success mechanism by the use of imagination, or imaging ability.”

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“Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.”

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“Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow - after you have done your best to achieve success today.”

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“Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent.”

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“Successful people are able to rise above crises by relaxing no matter what the external situation. Their belief in themselves, the strength of their self-image is impenetrable armor, which protects them against shattering events.”

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“The most delightful surprise in life is to suddenly recognize your own worth.”

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“The self-image is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.”

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“Times will change for the better when you change.”

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“To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.”

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“We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.”

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“We, whoever we are, must have a daily goal in our lives, no matter how small or great, to make that day mean something.”

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“What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live - with your self-respect alive and growing.”

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“When you believe you can... you can!”

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“You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search.”

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“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”

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“We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”

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"Conquest of Frustration" Quotes

“Close scrutiny will show that most crisis situations are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”

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Conquest of Frustration

"Psycho-Cybernetics" Quotes

“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

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“A step in the wrong direction is better than staying on the spot all our life. Once you're moving forward you can correct your course as you go. Your automatic guidance system cannot guide you when you're standing still.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Adopt the motto "It doesn't matter who's right, but what's right.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Change your mental imagery, and the feelings will take care of themselves.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Conscious effort inhibits and jams the automatic creative mechanism.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Do not say to yourself, 'I am going to act this way tomorrow.' Just say to yourself - 'I am going to imagine myself acting this way now - for 30 minutes - today.'”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“I am a firm believer in 'negative thinking' when used correctly. We need to be aware of negatives so that we can steer clear of them. A golfer needs to know where the bunkers and sand traps are - but he doesn't think continuously about the bunker - where he doesn't want to go. His mind glances at the bunker, but he dwells upon the green.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“If you wait until circumstances justify your thinking pleasant thoughts, you are likely to wait forever.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of a hypnotized subject by a professional hypnotist.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Our present state of self-confidence and poise is the result of what we have experienced rather than what we have learned intellectually.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Our self-image and our habits tend to go together. Change one and you will automatically change the other.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“See yourself reacting to threats, not by running away or evading them, but by meeting them, dealing with them, grappling with them in an aggressive intelligent manner.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Skill in any performance whether it be in sports in playing the piano in conversation or in selling merchandise consists not in painfully and consciously thinking out each action as it is performed but in relaxing and letting the job do itself through you. Creative performance is spontaneous and ‘natural’ as opposed to self-conscious and studied.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“The biggest secret of self-esteem is this: Begin to appreciate other people more; show respect for any human being merely because he is a child of God and therefore a thing of value.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“We are built to conquer our environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“You make mistakes, mistakes don't make you.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

“Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a 'real' experience. In either case, it reacts automatically to information which you give to it from your forebrain. Your nervous system reacts appropriately to what you think or imagine to be 'true.”

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Psycho-Cybernetics

"The New Psycho-Cybernetics" Quotes

“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment. For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will’, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

“Do not tolerate for a minute the idea that you are prohibited from any achievement by the absence of in-born talent or ability. This is a lie of the grandest order, an excuse of the saddest kind.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

“If you intend to insist on justice in order to live a successful and happy life, you will not do so in this lifetime, on this planet.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

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“It is common knowledge among psychologists that most of us underrate ourselves, short-change ourselves, sell ourselves short. Actually, there is no such thing as a superiority complex. People who seem to have one are actually suffering from feelings of inferiority; their superior self is a fiction, a coverup, to hide from themselves and others their deep-down feelings of inferiority and insecurity.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

“Self-esteem is as necessary to the spirit as food is to the body.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

“The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

“The most liberating of all thoughts is disregard or disconcern for what other people think. Famous mail-order impresario and entrepreneur J. Peterman wrote in his autobiography 'Peterman Rides Again';

“Once you realize that most people are keeping up appearances and putting on a show, their approval becomes less important.”

Excessive concern over what other people think inhibits personality more than any other factor.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics

“We age not by years but by events and our emotional reactions to them.”

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The New Psycho-Cybernetics