Some quotations from Abraham Maslow
What is necessary to change a person is
to change his awareness of himself.
Education must be seen as at least
partially an effort to produce the good
human being, to foster the
good life and the good society.
A first-rate soup is more creative
than a second rate painting.
We do what we are
and we are what we do.
A musician must make music, an
artist must paint, a poet must write,
if he is to be ultimately at peace
with himself. What a
man can be, he must be.
Even if I knew the world was coming to an
end anyway, I'd still keep fighting. I think 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.
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.
All of life is education and everybody is a
teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.
I have learned the novice can often
see things that the expert overlooks. All
that is necessary is not to be afraid of
making mistakes, or of appearing naive.
The job is, if we are willing to take it
seriously, to help ourselves to be more
perfectly what we are, to be more
full, more actualizing, more realizing
in fact, what we are in potentiality.
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.
Sometimes I think we're alone in
the universe, and sometimes I think
we're not. In either case
the idea is quite staggering.
We are not in a position in which
we have nothing to work with. We
already have capacities, talents,
direction, missions, callings.
What a man can be, he must be.
This need we call self-actualization.
When the only tool you have is a hammer,
you tend to see every problem as a nail.