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Quotes of the day: Leo Buscaglia

Published Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 9:19 AM EDT
Jun 11 2015

Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia PhD (March 31, 1924 – June 12, 1998), also known as "Dr. Love," was an American author and motivational speaker, and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Buddhist teacher once said to me, 'Why do you keep moving? You are already there.'

A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers.

A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love.

After all, the wrong is done. It is past and cannot be changed. We have only the present and the future upon which to move forward.

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.

Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet.

I don't believe in unconditional love. In fact, I think it's unwise. My love has had a condition that if ever my love keeps you from you, from your growing, and realizing your personal potential, then I must step aside. No one has the right to stand in the way of another's joy, development, or unique perceptions.

I have learned that love is the most powerful force available to us. When we have real love we have the strength to perform miracles.

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

In the end you have only you.

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.

It's the simple things which have the greatest effect. We must never underestimate the strength of a smile or act of kindness.

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

Love is not a thing, it is not lost when given. You can offer your love completely to hundreds of people and still retain the same love you had originally.

One does not fall 'in' or 'out' of love. One grows in love.

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

People are not here to meet your expectations.

Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.

The hardest battle you're ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.

Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don't.

Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.

To love is to risk living fully.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

We created time, and now we have become the slave of time.

What's the good of all our learning, knowing how to read and write and spell if no one ever teaches us the value of life, of our uniqueness, and personal dignity?

When we cling to pain, we end up punishing ourselves.


(June 12 is also the birthday of Anne Frank.)

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