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Leo Buscaglia Quotes


A teacher, writer, and lecturer; Professor at the University of Southern California.
(1924 - 1998)

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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. To love is to risk living fully.
 

A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself - to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.
[Life]
 

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
[Friendship]
 

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

As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming.
 

Change is the end result of all true learning.
[Change]
 

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.
 

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

DON'T MISS LOVE. It's an incredible gift. I love to think that the day you're born, you're given the world as your birthday present. It frightens me to think that so few people even bother to open up the ribbon! Rip it open! Tear off the top! It's just full of love and magic and joy and wonder and pain and tears. All of the things that are your gift for being human.
 

Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
 

Education should be the process of helping everyone to discover his uniqueness.
[Education]
 

Every day we are offered new means for learning and growing in love.
[Lighten Up]
 

Go around - listen to how many times a day you say, "I love" instead of, "I hate." Isn't it interesting that children, as they learn the process of language, always learn the word "no" years before they learn the word "yes"? Ask linguists where they hear it. Maybe if they heard more of "I love, I love, I love" they'd hear it sooner and more often.
 

Happiness and love are just a choice away.
[Lighten Up]
 

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it.
[Change]
 

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 a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
 

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.
 

I started my Love Class as a result of the suicide of one of my most talented students. She showed no sign of her despair. Then one day she took her life. I had to ask, "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?" So I started my Love Class. I taught it free of salary and tuition just so students could have a forum to consider the truly essential things. I really didn't "teach" the class. I facilitated it - helping the students to discover their own magic.
 

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
[Against]
 


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