Leo Buscaglia Quotes (56 Quotes)


    The life and love we create is the life and love we live.

    We need others. We need others to love and we need to be loved by them. There is no doubt that without it, we too, like the infant left alone, would cease to grow, cease to develop, choose madness and even death.


    Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.

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



    When we cling to pain we end up punishing ourselves.

    Don't spend your precious time asking Why isn't the world a better place It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is How can I make it better To that there is an answer.

    The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.

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

    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.

    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.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise.

    Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.

    To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive.

    Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

    We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.

    The human need to play is a powerful one. When we ignore it, we feel there is something missing in our lives.

    Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

    Love yourselfaccept yourselfforgive yourselfand be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.

    Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.

    A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose-and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.

    Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.

    We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.

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

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

    Like any other living, growing thing, love requires effort to keep it healthy.

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

    Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.

    Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.


    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.

    Most of us are pawns in a game of love we don't understand.

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

    Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.

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

    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.

    If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.

    What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.

    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.

    Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.

    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.

    The most human thing we have to do in life is is to learn to speak our honest convictions and feelings and live with the consequences. This is the first requirment of love, and it makes us vulnerable to other people who may ridicule us. But our vulnerability is the only thing we can give to other people.

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

    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.

    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.

    Love withers with predictability its very essence is surprise and amazement. To make love a prisoner of the mundane is to take its passion and lose it forever.

    Love is not some complex, mystical abstraction. It is something accessible and human that we learn through our everyday experience, as often at times of failure as in moments of ecstasy.

    Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.

    What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.


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