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75 Leo Buscaglia Quotes on Time & Change (DR. LOVE)

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34 Leo Buscaglia Quotes to Inspire You to Live Life to the Fullest

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
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
One does not fall “in” or “out” of love. One grows in love.
One does not fall “in” or “out” of love. One grows in love.
Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Change is the end result of all true learning.
Change is the end result of all true learning.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”

Leo Buscaglia
We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes.
We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes.
Happiness and love are just a choice away.
Happiness and love are just a choice away.
We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love.
A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love.
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.
We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp and we will find our hands full and our minds empty.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
Man is happiest when he is creating. In fact, the highest state of which man is capable lies in the creative act.
Man is happiest when he is creating. In fact, the highest state of which man is capable lies in the creative act.

“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.”

Leo Buscaglia
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 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.
We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel.
We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel.
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.
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.
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be.
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be.
What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.
What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.

“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.”

Leo Buscaglia
Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.
Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.
Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.
Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.
Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.

“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.”

Leo Buscaglia
Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.
No one gets out of this world alive, so the time to live, learn, care, share, celebrate, and love is now.
No one gets out of this world alive, so the time to live, learn, care, share, celebrate, and love is now.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.

24 Encouraging Leo Buscaglia Quotes About Changing Yourself & Loving Others

“We are all born with God-given, unique traits and skills. But, as with all possibilities they will remain unrealized unless they are developed, nurtured, and put into practice. You may have the “capacity” to love, but if left undeveloped, you will never gain the ‘ability.'”

Leo Buscaglia
In a crazy world, it's only your insanity that will keep you sane.
In a crazy world, it’s only your insanity that will keep you sane.
Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.
Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism.
Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.
Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Don’t hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Value yourself. The only people who appreciate a doormat are people with dirty shoes.
Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.
Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.
Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life.
Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life.
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!
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!
Love creates an "us" without destroying the "me".
Love creates an “us” without destroying the “me”.
Live nutty. Just occasionally. Just once in a while. And see what happens. It brightens up the day.
Live nutty. Just occasionally. Just once in a while. And see what happens. It brightens up the day.
Nine times out of ten, when you extend your arms to someone, they will step in, because basically they need precisely what you need.
Nine times out of ten, when you extend your arms to someone, they will step in, because basically they need precisely what you need.
Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don't.
Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don’t.
Most of us remain strangers to ourselves, hiding who we are, and ask other strangers, hiding who they are, to love us.
Most of us remain strangers to ourselves, hiding who we are, and ask other strangers, hiding who they are, to love us.
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.
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.
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.
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.

“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
A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.
Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces - we become the powerful force ourselves.
We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces – we become the powerful force ourselves.
If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.
If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.
If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.
If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise.
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie’s man’s only promise.
People are not here to meet your expectations.
People are not here to meet your expectations.

17 Leo Buscaglia Quotes to Motivate You to Embrace Love and Cherish Life

“Go around — listen to how many times a day you say, “I love” instead of, “I hate”. Isn’t it interesting that children, as they learn the process of language, always learn the word “no” years before they learn the word “yes”? Ask linguists where they hear it. Maybe if they heard more of “I love, I love, I love” they’d hear it sooner and more often.”

Leo Buscaglia
Choose the way of life. Choose the way of love. Choose the way of caring. Choose the way of goodness. It’s up to you. It’s your choice.
Choose the way of life. Choose the way of love. Choose the way of caring. Choose the way of goodness. It’s up to you. It’s your choice.
Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.
Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.

“Love can never grow old. Locks may lose their brown and gold. Cheeks may fade and hollow grow. But the hearts that love will know, never winter’s frost and chill, summer’s warmth is in them still.”

Leo Buscaglia
Most of us are pawns in a game of love we don't understand.
Most of us are pawns in a game of love we don’t understand.
When we cling to pain we end up punishing ourselves.
When we cling to pain we end up punishing ourselves.
It is when we ask for love less and begin giving it more that the basis of human love is revealed to us.
It is when we ask for love less and begin giving it more that the basis of human love is revealed to us.
Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.
Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.
A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers. To love is to risk living fully.
A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers. To love is to risk living fully.
We are born for love, but it will die if not nurtured.
We are born for love, but it will die if not nurtured.
This loving person is a person who abhors waste—waste of time, waste of human potential. How much time we waste. As if we were going to live forever.
This loving person is a person who abhors waste—waste of time, waste of human potential. How much time we waste. As if we were going to live forever.
I’d like to be remembered for being a good, kind, loving, gentle man who attempted to live wisely, and who cared a lot.
I’d like to be remembered for being a good, kind, loving, gentle man who attempted to live wisely, and who cared a lot.
I have learned that love is the most powerful force available to us. When we have real love we have the strength to perform miracles.
I have learned that love is the most powerful force available to us. When we have real love we have the strength to perform miracles.
The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.
The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.
L-O-V-E. Such a good word. Such a limitless word. Such a limitless concept.
L-O-V-E. Such a good word. Such a limitless word. Such a limitless concept.
Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it.
Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don’t miss it.
Loving memories last forever, I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
Loving memories last forever, I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.

“Love is like a mirror. When you love another you become his mirror and he becomes yours. And reflecting each other’s love you see infinity.”

Leo Buscaglia

“There are not kinds of love, love is love; there are only degrees of love. Love is trusting, accepting, and believing, without guarantee. Love is patient and waits, but it’s an active waiting, not a passive one. For it is continually offering itself in a mutual revealing, a mutual sharing, Love is spontaneous and craves expression through joy, through beauty, through truth, even through tears. Love lives in the moment; it’s neither lost in yesterday nor does it crave for tomorrow. Love is Now!”

Leo Buscaglia


Leo Buscaglia Short Biography

A World War II veteran and the granddaddy of motivational speaker, Leo F. Buscaglia (aka Dr. Love) was a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California in the 1960s.

While teaching at the University, Buscaglia was moved by one of his beloved student’s sudden death (by suicide).

It had such an impact on Buscaglia because that student gave the impression that she paid attention to his lectures and showed the professor that he had at least one student who heard what he said.

This inspired Leo Buscaglia to form an uncredited (no gradings) class called Love 1A where he taught about love and the meaning of life.

The lectures and manuscript accumulated in class Love 1A ultimately became the basis of Buscaglia’s first Bibliography (total of 14 books) which was given the title LOVE.

Here are the best Leo Buscaglia quotes about love, time, and change so you can be inspired to live life to the fullest without holding anything back.

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