Leo Buscaglia

(Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia)

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  • Born: March 31, 1924
  • Died: June 11, 1998
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author









Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia PhD, 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.

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A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. Friendship
All of my youth growing up in my Italian family was focused around the table. That's where I learned about love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
Biologically and physiologically, we are not equal. Some of us learn better at different times of day. Some learn best visually, some auditorially, some tactilely, by touching.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Death
Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever. Moving On
Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. Relationships
Food is celebratory. People who don't cook don't know how much fun they're missing. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Hugs make you feel psychologically more secure and together.
I am a teacher. And I think I am a serious one who happens to be enjoying life. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
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. Future
I got the copyright for love! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I have been a teacher myself all my life. I have an intense passion to share with people. Our only salvation is in knowledge, in learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
I have too much respect for people to try to control them. But they are estranged from love, afraid to reach out and touch one another. We're afraid to appear sentimental or speak in platitudes because people will say, 'What a jerk!' It takes courage in our culture to be a lover. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect
I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. Nature
I was lucky to have such a loving, crazy family. I learned to give and share. Families, Children & Parenting
If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.
If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. Freedom & Liberty
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
I've always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.
I've learned that you learn best by modeling. If you want people to learn, do it!
I've spoken in every state in the union, meeting and hugging the people who later bought my books. I spoke to anybody who wanted to hear me, including 1,000 nuns who could pay me only with homemade bread.
Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized. Life
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My mother made soft polenta often, and as a child, I would watch her stir until she looked like her arm would fall off.
Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
The best students come from homes where education is revered: where there are books, and children see their parents reading them. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. Inspiration
The minute we stop learning, we begin death, the process of dying. We learn from each other with every action we perform. We are teaching goodness or evil every time we step out of the house and into the street. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time ;Death
The purpose of life is to help others, and if you can't help them, won't you at least not hurt them? I know that is a platitude, that that is sentimental and can easily be attacked. But loving, caring is simple, and we make it complex. Our own neuroses make it complex. Life
The way to anybody's heart is through a thoughtfully-prepared, beautifully-executed, lovingly-presented meal.
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. Life ;Power
We all need each other. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.
We want to gently remind people that we don't have forever. In my work, I hear parents complain all the time that their children grow up so fast. But they don't take the time to sit down and talk to each other. The last bastion of getting together is around the table. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Relationships
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
When we sit at the table, there is more going on than satisfying hunger. It is sad to think of those who eat simply to satisfy their hunger and who do not permit themselves to linger under the many spells offered by a good meal - the satisfaction of our hearts, our minds and our spirits.
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
You can be a follower of Muhammad or Jesus or Buddha or whomever. Always, they said that the most essential factor is to love your neighbor. And to love you. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. Religion & God ;Motivation

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