Leo Buscaglia Quotes

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If I dont have wisdom, I can only teach you my ignorance.
If I dont have joy, I can only teach you despair.
If I dont have freedom, I can only put you in cages.

Leo Buscaglia (Bus 9 to Paradise: A Loving Voyage, 1986)

We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure.

Leo Buscaglia (Born For Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992)

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.

Leo Buscaglia (Love, 1985)

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. 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 a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

Leo Buscaglia (Born For Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992)

If I don't have wisdom; I can only teach you my ignorance. 
If I don't have joy; I can only teach you despair. 
If I don't have freedom; I can only put you in cages.

Leo Buscaglia (Living Loving and Learning, 1985)

There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.

Leo Buscaglia (Living Loving and Learning, 1985)

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. 

Leo Buscaglia (Born For Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992)

Do you know something that maybe you have forgotten? Because nobody has told you this for many many years.. You are uniquely, something that will never occurr again in the history of the world. You are that magic combination that will never be again, and I dont care who you are! How exalted you feel, or how lowly you feel. Everyone of you is something unique and special. I wish we could tell this to children early, so it doesn't take you a lifetime to find it out. Everyone of you has something to give that only you can give.

Leo Buscaglia (The Art of Being Fully Human - Speech)

Forgiveness is a quality that we must develop if we are going to interact with other people. You see people cannot be by necessity what we want them to be, we are going to have to accept what they are, and that involves this process of forgiving. None of us is perfect and all of us will make mistakes and I'm just grateful that there are people around in my life and have been since the beginning of my history, who are forgiving of me, who recognize that I may do errors or that I might hurt them. Being imperfect, we must recognize that people will also hurt us and if we take on that anger and if we maintain that grudge then we're the ones that are going to be taking on their actions as our problem and consequently becoming buried in pain, despair, anger and viciousness... There's no point in it! What is done cannot be rectified, it can only be accepted, recognized and forgiven and then you cut these terrible things that are hanging around you're neck like dead albatrosses and you free yourself by forgiving. When you think about it, you only have two choices. One is to maintain the anger, the hurt forever which gnaws away at you, it doesn't hurt the other person. The other person may be out having a glorious time, having forgotten all about it but here you are in misery over what they have caused you or what you think they have caused you. When you let it go, its you who becomes free.

Leo Buscaglia (Interview - New Dimensions, 1984)

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Leo Buscaglia Biography

Born: March 31, 1924
Died: June 12, 1998

Felice Leonardo Buscaglia was an US-born Italian author, speaker and professor. He is commonly known for his thoughts on life and love through various television appearances and his books.

Notable Works

Love (1972)
Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human (1982)
Living Loving and Learning (1983)
Celebrate Life
Loving Each Other (1984)
Bus 9 to Paradise: A Loving Voyage (1986)
Born for Love: Reflections on Loving (1992)
Seven Stories of Christmas Love (1992)