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Abraham Maslow Quote: “You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.”

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.

— Abraham Maslow



Abraham Maslow Quote: “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.”

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.

— Abraham Maslow


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

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


Abraham Maslow Quote: “All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.”

All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “What one can be, one must be!”

What one can be, one must be!

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “To make the growth choice instead of the fear choice a dozen times a day is to move a dozen times a day towards self-actualisation.”

To make the growth choice instead of the fear choice a dozen times a day is to move a dozen times a day towards self-actualisation.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualizat ion.”

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

— Abraham Maslow



Abraham Maslow Quote: “The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important.”

The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.”

One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain, or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem.”

When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain, or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Every person is, in part, ‘his own project’ and makes himself.”

Every person is, in part, ‘his own project’ and makes himself.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities.”

One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Be independent of the good opinion of other people.”

Be independent of the good opinion of other people.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “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 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


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.”

Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “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.”

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.

— Abraham Maslow



Abraham Maslow Quote: “The human being needs a framework of values, a philosophy of life, a religion or religion-surrogate to live by and understand by, in about the same sense that he needs sunlight, calcium or love.”

The human being needs a framework of values, a philosophy of life, a religion or religion-surrogate to live by and understand by, in about the same sense that he needs sunlight, calcium or love.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Quitting smoking can be a very good test of ones character. Pass the test and you will have accomplished so much more than just get rid of one bad habit.”

Quitting smoking can be a very good test of ones character. Pass the test and you will have accomplished so much more than just get rid of one bad habit.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.”

It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Self-actualizing people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy, and affection for human beings in general. They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were members of a single family.”

Self-actualizing people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy, and affection for human beings in general. They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were members of a single family.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth.”

Creativity is a characteristic given to all human beings at birth.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “The emotional reaction in the peak experience has a special flavor of wonder, of awe, of reverence, of humility and surrender before the experience as before something great.”

The emotional reaction in the peak experience has a special flavor of wonder, of awe, of reverence, of humility and surrender before the experience as before something great.

— Abraham Maslow


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

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

— Abraham Maslow


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

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “False optimism sooner or later means disillusionment, anger and hopelessness.”

False optimism sooner or later means disillusionment, anger and hopelessness.

— Abraham Maslow



Abraham Maslow Quote: “We fear our highest possibility. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.”

We fear our highest possibility. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “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.”

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


Abraham Maslow Quote: “The best way to view a present problem is to give it all you’ve got, to study it and its nature, to perceive within it the intrinsic interrelationships, to discover the answer to the problem within the problem itself.”

The best way to view a present problem is to give it all you’ve got, to study it and its nature, to perceive within it the intrinsic interrelationships, to discover the answer to the problem within the problem itself.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.”

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “A child wants some kind of undisrupted routine or rhythm. He seems to want a predictable, orderly world.”

A child wants some kind of undisrupted routine or rhythm. He seems to want a predictable, orderly world.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “What is life for? Life is for you.”

What is life for? Life is for you.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Man is a perpetually wanting animal.”

Man is a perpetually wanting animal.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “The spiritual life is part of the human essence. It is a defining characteristic of human nature, without which human nature is not fully human.”

The spiritual life is part of the human essence. It is a defining characteristic of human nature, without which human nature is not fully human.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.”

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “We crave and fear becoming truly ourselves.”

We crave and fear becoming truly ourselves.

— Abraham Maslow



Abraham Maslow Quote: “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.”

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


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs.”

Secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “The major motivation theories by which most men live can lead them only to depression and cynicism.”

The major motivation theories by which most men live can lead them only to depression and cynicism.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Self-actualizing people must be what they can be.”

Self-actualizing people must be what they can be.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.”

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

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “People are not evil; they are schlemiels.”

People are not evil; they are schlemiels.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Religion becomes a state of mind achievable in almost any activity of life, if this activity is raised to a suitable level of perfection.”

Religion becomes a state of mind achievable in almost any activity of life, if this activity is raised to a suitable level of perfection.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “We must understand love; we must be able to teach it, to create it, to predict it, or else the world is lost to hostility and to suspicion.”

We must understand love; we must be able to teach it, to create it, to predict it, or else the world is lost to hostility and to suspicion.

— Abraham Maslow


Abraham Maslow Quote: “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.”

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


Abraham Maslow Quote: “Man has his future within him, dynamically alive at this present moment.”

Man has his future within him, dynamically alive at this present moment.

— Abraham Maslow


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