Top 10 Abraham Maslow Quotes

Abraham Harold Maslow(April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist best known for his development of the hierarchy of needs and the self-actualization theory.  

Here are the Abraham Maslow’s top ten most inspirational quotes:


One can choose to go back towards safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

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

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

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

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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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All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.

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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.

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One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities.

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One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious.

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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.


Thank you Abraham Maslow!


Interesting Facts:

  • Maslow argues that people are motivated by their hierarchy of needs.
  • The 5 levels of the hierarchy of needs include physiological needs, safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.
  • He was the oldest of seven siblings.
  • He was born in Brooklyn, New York.

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