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Self-Actualization

  • If you have got a living force and you're not using it, nature kicks you back. The blood boils just like you put it in a pot.

  • To mature is in part to realize that while complete intimacy and omniscience and power cannot be had, self-transcendence, growth, and closeness to others are nevertheless within one's reach.

  • ... one is never got out of the cave, one comes out of it.

  • I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming ...

  • Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life — it gave me me. It provided the time and experience and failures and triumphs and friends who helped me step into the shape that had been waiting for me all my life. ... I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I could be.

  • There are some people whom we envy not because they are rich or handsome or successful, although they may be all or any of these, but because everything they are or do seems to be all of a piece, so that even if they wanted to they could not be or do otherwise.

  • The most comprehensive formulation of therapeutic goals is the striving for wholeheartedness: to be without pretense, to be emotionally sincere, to be able to put the whole of oneself into one's feelings, one's work, one's beliefs.

  • I do not want to die ... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

    • Käthe Kollwitz,
    • 1915, in Hans Kollwitz, ed., The Diaries and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz ()
  • For the integrated human being there is no past: there is only the continual transformation of original experience.

    • Vivian Gornick,
    • "Toward a Definition of the Female Sensibility," Essays in Feminism ()
  • A self-realized person will accentuate the positives — medicate the negatives.

  • You can waste your life drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

  • It is not easy to be sure that being yourself is worth the trouble, but we do know it is our sacred duty.

  • First, I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm a person. Then maybe I'll convince myself that I'm an actress.

    • Marilyn Monroe,
    • in Gloria Steinem, "The Woman Who Died Too Soon," Ms. ()