30 Magnificent Maxwell Maltz Quotes

Maxwell Maltz was an American cosmetic surgeon and renowned author of the book ‘Psycho-Cybernetics.’ Considered to be one of the first self-help books ever published, Maltz looks at what it takes for a person to live a successful and fulfilling life. Check out this list of amazing Maxwell Maltz quotes you will surely never forget.

“A bicycle maintains its poise and equilibrium only so long as it is going forward towards something. You have a good bicycle.”

“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment…”

“Close scrutiny will show that most “crisis situations” are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”

“Conscious effort inhibits and ‘jams’ the automatic creative mechanism.”

“Do not tolerate for a minute the idea that you are prohibited from any achievement by the absence of in-born talent or ability. This is a lie of the grandest order, an excuse of the saddest kind.”

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in a striving toward an important goal.”


“If you intend to insist on justice in order to live a successful and happy life, you will not do so in this lifetime, on this planet.”

“If you make friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone.”

“It is common knowledge among psychologists that most of us underrate ourselves, short-change ourselves, sell ourselves short. Actually, there is no such thing as a superiority complex.”

“It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. ”

“Live in the present. The past is gone; the future is unknown — but the present is real, and your opportunities are now.”

“Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self.”

“Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.”

“Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.”

“Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow – after you have done your best to achieve success today.”

“Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent.”

“The “Success-type” personality is composed of: S-ense of direction U—nderstanding C-ourage C-harity E-steem S-elf-Confidence S-elf-Acceptance.”

“The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.”

“The most delightful surprise in life is to suddenly recognize your own worth.”

“The ”self-image” is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.”

“Thus man of all creatures is more than a creature, he is also a creator. Man alone can direct his success mechanism by the use of imagination, or imaging ability.”

“Times will change for the better when you change.”

“We age not by years but by events and our emotional reactions to them.”

“We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.”

“What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. ”

“Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.”

“You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search.”

“You make mistakes, mistakes don’t make you.”

“You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be.”

“Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between a real experience and one that is vividly imagined.”

Here is a look at Maxwell Maltz books, ‘Psycho Cybernetics’. Serving as one of the three base foundation books for this individual.

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