Quotes by Abraham Maslow

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


The correct thing to do with authoritarians is to take them realistically for the bastards that they are and then behave toward them as if they are bastards. That is the only realistic way to treat bastards. If one smiles and assumes that trusting them and giving them the key to the pantry is going to reform them suddenly, then all that will happen is the silver will get stolen, and, also, they will become contemptuous of the "weak" Americans whom they see as spineless, stupid, unmasculine sheep to be taken advantage of. I have found whenever I have ran across authoritarian students, that the best thing for me to do was break their backs immediately...


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.