“A single rose can be my garden....a single
friend, my world” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a
passion.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your
energy and keep you from love.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Love is always open arms. If you close your arms
about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.”
~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it
significance” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~
Born into a
family of Italian immigrants in 1924, Leonardo, or Leo to those closest to him,
Buscaglia spent much of his younger years in Italy -despite being born in Los
A charmer from the off, his family remember
him as being a confident child, who knew exactly what to say to get what he
wanted. A popular child, his return to the United States as he hit his teens
finally saw Buscaglia receive regular, stable education.
Buscaglia was something
of a star pupil, although his charm often earned him just as much as the ability
he applied to his school work.
Buscaglia signed up for the Navy on leaving
school, Leo Buscaglia quotations reveal this was one of the most influential
periods of his life.
On leaving the army following World War Two service,
Buscaglia enrolled in the University of Southern California where he went to
earn an impressive three degrees over a 13-year old time period, a BA, MA and a
pHD. Buscaglia joined the faculty of the University where he studied and soon
made a name for himself among students.
Leo Buscaglia quotes his non-credit
course “Love 1A” as the main reason for his popularity. A course which was to
earn him a nickname that would stick with him through his entire career – Doctor
His genuine love and compassion for people clearly shines through
all of Leo Buscaglia's quotes, and it was this that was to make him one of the
most popular motivational speakers in the world.
“Love is life and if
you miss love, you miss life” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “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.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or
thought of gain, can we truly know what love means." ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “To love others
you must first love yourself.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged
wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable,
more appreciated and more intoxicating!” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~
“Most of us remain strangers to ourselves,
hiding who we are, and ask other strangers, hiding who they are, to
love us.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
“You can only give away what you have ...
If you have love, you can give it. If you don't have it, you don't
have it to give.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “Never idealize others. They will never
live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships.
Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by
genuineness.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
Career and Achievements
Leo Buscaglia quotes the death of a student as being the real reason behind
his Love 1A class.
The student, who committed suicide on campus, had a profound
effect on Buscaglia, who became determined to teach people how we had become a “disconnected”
Leo Buscaglia quotations from the time highlight how strongly he felt
about getting the message, that people loving each other doesn't cost anything.
Buscaglia pushed people to understand that the lack of tolerance between
individuals could well lead to some feeling isolated. Not everyone had a family
support system or friends they knew would be there for them. His course really
took off and actually became the basis of his first book, which had the simple
yet wholly relevant title – LOVE.
His brilliant storytelling skills were only
seconded to his dynamic public speaking skills, something which was soon picked
up on by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Leo Buscaglia refers to the 1980s as
being the highlight of his life. This may well have been down to the fact PBS
were regularly broadcasting televised version of his talks – all of which were a
runaway success. “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.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “Those who think they know it all have no
way of finding out they don't..” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “Change is the end result of all true
learning.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
In fact, even today Leo Buscaglia speeches are used by the
channel, especially during times of fund raising.
In total, Buscaglia wrote eight
books – all of which became national best sellers. In fact, at one point the New
York Times Best Sellers list contained five books by Buscaglia. Read more about
his books here on this page.
Motivational quotes by Leo Buscaglia are still used today and Leo Buscaglia
quotes are often used to help people try and understand the meaning of life and
what it means to them.
Buscaglia's books are still among the most popular in
that genre and despite his death nearly 15-years ago, all eight books remain the
same – none have been updated or extended by other professionals. This is
something of an achievement in itself.
unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that
he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new. ” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “The hardest battle you are ever going to
have to fight is the battle to be just you.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “If you don't like the scene you're in,
if you're unhappy, if you're lonely, if you don't feel that things
are happening, change your scene. Paint a new backdrop.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
spent in unhappiness is a moment of happiness lost.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
~ “...the opposite of love is not hate --
it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. If somebody hates me, they must
"feel" something ... or they couldn't possibly hate. Therefore,
there's some way in which I can get to them.” ~ Leo Buscaglia.
Controversy and Critics
As with most motivational speakers, Buscaglia
received his fair share of criticism.
However, this seemed to concentrate on his
writing ability, rather than the fact he was an advocate for love and life. Leo
Buscaglia quotes addressed his critics directly by saying “Never idolize others.
They will never live up to your expectations”.
To be fair to Buscaglia, he has
always been honest, both in his books and by way of his speeches, that his only
goal in life is to help people understand how much impact they have on other
people. How much how they act can affect another person negatively and how easy
it was to love rather than hate.
Of course, there are bound to be a select group
of people who see Leo Buscaglia quotes as being unrealistic or fanciful. However,
anyone who has taken the time to watch one of his speeches or read one of his
books will know, Buscaglia means business.
Today motivational quotes from Leo
Buscaglia are used in the very University that helped make him who he was. Leo Buscaglia quotes his editors as being some of the most important people in his
life. While he was gifted in the ability of story telling, the mechanics of the
language were never his strong point, which meant his raw work was heavily
edited to make it publishable.
“Don't smother each other. No one can
grow in the shade” ~Leo Buscaglia ~ “When we cling to pain, we end up punishing ourselves.” ~Leo Buscaglia ~
“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be
expected from the strong.” ~Leo Buscaglia ~
“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.” ~Leo Buscaglia ~
"It is up to us to diligently discover new
solutions and learn new patterns of relating, ways more conducive to
growth, peace, hope and loving coexistence. Anything that is learned
can be unlearned and relearned. In this process called change lies
our real hope.” ~Leo Buscaglia ~
Leo Buscaglia died
in Nevada at the age of 74-years. Today his legacy lives on, as he has become an
idol to modern motivational speakers of the day.
Leo Buscaglia quotes commonly
make up the motivational, inspirational and even spiritual speeches of others.
His work continues to be popular, with his self-help and motivational books
printed in over 20 different languages.
PBS regularly broadcast Buscaglia's most
famous speeches and Leo Buscaglia quotes.
Had he been alive today, Buscaglia
would have been very impressed with his latest accolade, a guest appearance on
“What we need to know about loving is
no great mystery. We all know what constitutes loving behavior; we
need but act upon it, not continually question it. Over-analysis
often confuses the issue and in the end brings us no closer to
insight. We sometimes become too busy classifying, separating, and
examining, to remember that love is easy. It's we who make it
complicated.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~
“Life lived for tomorrow, will always be a day away
from being realised” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “What
we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our
willingness to choose life.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “Live now. When you are eating, eat. When you are
loving, love. when you are talking with someone, talk. When you are
looking at a flower, look. Catch the beauty of the moment!” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~ “A life lived in love will never be dull.” ~ Leo Buscaglia ~
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