Leo F. Buscaglia

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, definitions, descriptions, opinions, experience, knowledge, knowing, know, loving, living, life, questioning, question, belief, attachment, emotional, emotions, feelings, spirit, and joy

There are those who will dismiss love as a naïve and romantic construct of our culture. Others will wax poetic and tell you that “love is all,””love is the bird call and the glint in a young girl’s eyes on a summer night.” Some will be dogmatic and tell you emphatically that “God is Love.” And some, according to their own experience, will tell us, “Love is a strong emotional attachment to another…”etc. In some cases you will find that people have never thought of questioning love, much less defining it, and object violently even to the suggestion that they think about it. To them love is not to be pondered, it is simply to be experienced. It is true to some degree all of these statements are correct, but to assume that any one is best or all there is to love, is rather simple. So each man lives love in his limited fashion and does not seem to relate the resultant confusion and loneliness to this lack of knowledge about love.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 35

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, definitions, descriptions, opinions, experience, knowledge, knowing, know, loving, living, life, questioning, question, belief, attachment, emotional, emotions, feelings, spirit, and joy

In discussing love, it would be well to consider the following premises;

One cannot give what he does not possess. Too give love you must possess love.
One cannot teach what he does not understand. To teach love, you must comprehend love.
One cannot know what he does not study. To study love, you must live in love.
One cannot appreciate what he does not recognize. To recognize love you must be receptive to love.
One cannot have doubt about that which he wishes to trust. To trust love you must be convinced of love.
One cannot admit what he does not yield to. To yield to love you must be vulnerable to love.
One cannot live what he does not dedicate himself to. To dedicate yourself to love you must be forever growing in love.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 36

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, definitions, descriptions, opinions, experience, knowledge, knowing, know, loving, living, life, questioning, question, belief, attachment, emotional, emotions, feelings, spirit, and joy

There are those who will dismiss love as a naïve and romantic construct of our culture. Others will wax poetic and tell you that “love is all,””love is the bird call and the glint in a young girl’s eyes on a summer night.” Some will be dogmatic and tell you emphatically that “God is Love.” And some, according to their own experience, will tell us, “Love is a strong emotional attachment to another…”etc. In some cases you will find that people have never thought of questioning love, much less defining it, and object violently even to the suggestion that they think about it. To them love is not to be pondered, it is simply to be experienced. It is true to some degree all of these statements are correct, but to assume that any one is best or all there is to love, is rather simple. So each man lives love in his limited fashion and does not seem to relate the resultant confusion and loneliness to this lack of knowledge about love.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 35

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, joy, hope, work, growth, expression, exaltation, knowledge, appreciation, reward, gratitude, and loving

Man has not yet learned to work for the joy of work, learn for the sake of growth, create for the expression and the exaltation in the act, or to love simply for the pleasure of loving: he still requires a reward. Until a man learns to do these things, hope will have to be his basic motivating force. In work, he'll require more wages and better titles; in knowledge, he'll require degrees and diplomas; in creativity, he'll require recognition; in love, he'll require assurance. Until he appreciates that each of these are their own reward, he'll need hope as his crutch. There is nothing wrong with hope; it is simply the second best thing. For love goes beyond hope. Hope is a beginning. Love is forever.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 124

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on joy, love living, integral, always, life, work, joyful, choose, live in joy, and bring joy

Joy is always an integral part of loving. There is joy in every act of life, no matter how menial or repetitive. To work in love is to work in joy. To live in love is to live in joy... Why not choose joy?... Why not live in joy?

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 118

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, self, one, discovery, realization, awareness, enlightenment, actualization, fulfillment, loving, and joy

Love and the self are one and the discovery of either is the realization of both.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 98

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, confidence, and being true to yourself

He must understand that if he is the world's finest plum and someone he loves does not like plums, he has the choice of becoming a banana. But he must be warned that if he chooses to become a banana, he will be a second rate banana. But he can always be the best plum.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 143

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, strength, dedication, and commitment

He must also know evil, hate and bigotry as real phenomena, but he must see love as the greater force. He must not doubt this even for a moment or he is lost. His only salvation is to dedicate himself to love, in the same fashion as Gandhi did to militant nonviolence, as Socrates to truth, as Jesus did to love and as More did to integrity. Only then will he have the strength to combat the forces of doubt, confusion and contradiction. He can depend upon no on or no thing for reinforcement and assurance but himself.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 141

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, uniqueness, and being true to yourself

Loving yourself involves the discovery of the true wonder of you; not only the present you, but the many possibilities of you. It involves the continual realization that you are unique, like no other person in the world, that life is, or should be, the discovery, the development and the sharing of this uniqueness.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 99

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on change, decision, and commitment

Knowing that one is always capable of change, the second step lies in making the decision to change. Change does not occur by merely willing it anymore than behavior changes simply through insight.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 79

Contributed by: Jessica

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