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Abraham Maslow
April 1, 1908 - June 8, 1970
Nationality: American
Category: Psychologist
Subcategory: American Psychologist

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.


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


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


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.


We may define therapy as a search for value.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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