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
The most cheering Abraham Maslow quotes to discover and learn by heart
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
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.
You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.
All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.
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 you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
A positive self image and healthy self esteem is based on approval, acceptance and recognition from others; but also upon actual accomplishments, achievements and success upon the realistic self confidence which ensues.
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
Education is learning to grow, learning what to grow toward, learning what is good and bad, learning what is desirable and undesirable, learning what to choose and what not to choose.
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.
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.
One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities.
Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment... the values that self-actualizers appreciate include truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency.
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.
You must want to be first-class ...meaning the best, the very best you are capable of becoming. If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life. You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities.
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
One cannot choose wisely for a life unless he dares to listen to himself, his own self, at each moment of his life.
Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.
One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.
Language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity.
Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe : the former is disturbing
A stupid man behaves stupidly, not because he wants to, or tries to, or is motivated to, but simply because he is what he is.
We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with.
We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
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.
What a man can be, he must be. This need we 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.
Whereas the average individuals "often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are," self-actualizing individuals have "superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general."
(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.
The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy
The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
Human nature has been sold short...[humans have] a higher nature which...includes the need for meaningful work, for responsibility, for creativeness, for being fair and just, for doing what is worthwhile and for preferring to do it well.
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.
I think of the self-actualizing man not as an ordinary man with something added, but rather as the ordinary man with nothing taken away. The average man is a full human being with dampened and inhibited powers and capabilities.
What is life for? Life is for you.
When we free ourselves from the constraints of ordinary goals and uninformed scoffers we will find ourselves roaring off the face of the earth.
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.
The good or healthy society would then be defined as one that permitted people's highest purposes to emerge by satisfying all their basic needs.
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.
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.
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.
We fear our highest possibility. We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
We cannot study creativeness in an ultimate sense until we realize that practically all the definitions that we have been using of creativeness are essentially male or masculine definitions of male or masculine products. We've left out of consideration almost entirely the creativeness of women.
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.
We need not take refuge in supernatural gods to explain our saints and sages and heroes and statesmen, as if to explain our disbelief that mere unaided human beings could be that good or wise.
The sacred is in the ordinary...it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's own backyard...travel may be a flight from confronting the scared--this lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.