Abraham Maslow

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

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You can see neurosis from below - as a sickness - as most psychiatrists see it. Or you can understand it as a compassionate man might: respecting the neurosis as a fumbling and inefficient effort toward good ends.

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If you think only of evil, then you become pessimistic and hopeless like Freud. But if you think there is no evil, then you're just one more deluded Pollyanna.

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

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It is as necessary for man to live in beauty rather than ugliness as it is necessary for him to have food for an aching belly or rest for a weary body.

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With my childhood, it's a wonder I'm not psychotic. I was the little Jewish boy in the non-Jewish neighborhood. It was a little like being the first Negro enrolled in the all-white school. I grew up in libraries and among books, without friends.

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Work is that which you dislike doing but perform for the sake of external rewards. At school, this takes the form of grades. In society, it means money, status, privilege.

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What we need is a system of thought - you might even call it a religion - that can bind humans together. A system that would fit the Republic of Chad as well as the United States: a system that would supply our idealistic young people with something to believe in.

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Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation.

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

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

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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.

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Good psychology should include all the methodological techniques, without having loyalty to one method, one idea, or one person.

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

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

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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.

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The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side... It has revealed to us much about man's shortcomings, his illnesses, his sins, but little about his potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or his psychological health.

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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.

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With a tree, all the growth takes place at the growing tips. Humanity is exactly the same. All the growth takes place in the growing tip: among that one percent of the population. It's made up of pioneers, the beginners. That's where the action is.

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

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

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