Human beings seem to be far more autonomous and self-governed than modern psychological theory allows for.
Motivation and Personality (1954), p. 123
The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy. The study of self-actualizing people must be the basis for a more universal science of psychology.
Motivation and Personality (1954), p. 234
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.
The Farther Reaches of Human Nature (1971)
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
As quoted in Life In the Open Sea (1972) by William M. Stephens, p. 21
If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
As quoted in Perfecting Private Practice (2004) by Joan Neehall-Davidson, p. 95
You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.
As quoted in How the Best Leaders Lead: Proven Secrets to Getting the Most Out of Yourself and Others (2010) by Brian Tracy, p. 35
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. This need we may call self-actualization. This term, first coined by Kurt Goldstein, is being used in this paper in a much more specific and limited fashion. It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.
Motivation and Personality (1954), p. 103