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A Collection of Abraham Maslow’s Quotes

Abraham Maslow was born on April 1, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. Maslow studied psychology and received a BA in 1930, an MA in 1931 and a PhD in 1934. He taught at Brooklyn College and was the chair of Psychology department at Brandeis. Maslow was inspired by the greatest minds of his time such as E.L. Thorndike, Adler and Fromm among many others. He passed away on June 8, 1970.

During his career, Maslow developed the field of humanistic Psychology and popularized the theory of self-actualization, that is, people are motivated to achieve certain needs. The human needs defer in importance and can therefore be arranged in a series of importance or rather a hierarchy. Some needs are more significant than the others. According to Maslow, each individual is unique and has innate desire to achieve his / her maxmium potential.

Go through our collection of Abraham Maslow quotes, and get to know the man who became famous for his theory of self-actualization

If you treat your children at home in the same way you treat your animals in the lab, your wife will scratch your eyes out. My wife ferociously warned me against experimenting on her babies.

Abraham Maslow

The way to recover the meaning of life and the worthwhileness of life is to recover the power of experience, to have impulse voices from within, and to be able to hear these impulse voices from within – and make the point : This can be done.

Abraham Maslow

If you love the truth, you’ll trust it – that is, you will expect it to be good, beautiful, perfect, orderly, etc., in the long run, not necessarily in the short run.

Abraham Maslow

If both the physiological and the safety needs are fairly well gratified, then there will emerge love and affection and belongingness needs, and the whole cycle already described will repeat itself with this new centre. Now the person will feel keenl

Abraham Maslow

When all you own is a hammer, every problem starts looking like a nail.

Abraham Maslow

The fact is that people are good, if only their fundamental wishes are satisfied, their wish for affection and security. Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.

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 one can be, one must be.

Abraham Maslow

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.

Abraham Maslow

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.

Abraham Maslow

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

Abraham Maslow

What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.

Abraham Maslow

We may define therapy as a search for value.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abraham Maslow

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

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

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

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

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

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