Felice Leonardo “Leo” Buscaglia Ph.D. (31 March 1924 – 12 June 1998), also known as “Dr Love,” was an author, motivational speaker, and a professor of Special Education. Buscaglia worked actively to overcome social and mental barriers that inhibited the expression of love between people, from family to acquaintances to people with disabilities, the institutionalized, and elderly, to complete strangers, often making his own forwardness on the subject a topic of self-deprecating humor. The profundity of his subject, however, almost invariably struck a responsive chord for many in an area frequently regarded as deficient in their lives, and by 1998 his books had reached eighteen million copies in print in seventeen languages.

  • A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.
  • Change is the end result of all true learning.
  • I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.
  • If I don’t have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.
  • If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.
  • Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
  • Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man’s only promise.
  • Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
  • Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
  • Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.
  • What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
  • Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
  • Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Alien, alienated. That's me.

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