Leo F. Buscaglia Quotes

 

“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

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

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

Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things

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

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

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be

There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life

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

Happiness and love are just a choice away

Risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing  

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

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

Change is the end result of all true learning

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyse your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness

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

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

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

When we cling to pain we end up punishing ourselves

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

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    

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

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

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

 

The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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