Leo Buscaglia

Buscaglia was teaching in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California in the late 1960s when one of his students committed suicide. She had been one of the sets of "kind eyeballs" he always looked for in the large auditorium, because her responses showed him that at least one student was hearing what he said, so the news that she killed herself had a great impact on him. ["What are we doing stuffing facts into people and forgetting that they are human beings?"] This incident led him to form a non-credit class titled Love 1A. There were no grades. (How could you potentially fail someone in this class? That wouldn't be very loving!) The class led to lectures and a manuscript loosely based on what was shared in those weekly classes. The book found a publisher - and an author surprised to find that the simple title LOVE had never previously been claimed, allowing him to say "I have the copyright on LOVE!" Buscaglia said he never taught this class, only facilitated it, adding that he learned as much as anyone. Someone from a Public Broadcasting System affiliate heard one of his talks and arranged to tape a later presentation, eventually showing it during a pledge drive. The response was so strong that it was presented to the national office for consideration. There was great resistance, because a professor simply standing at a podium lecturing was considered old-fashioned, something from the old days of "educational television." Still, the message and delivery were so compelling that they gave it a try, and Leo Buscaglia's warm presentations touched viewers' hearts through the cool medium of television nearly as effectively as they did in person. He has been called the "granddaddy of motivational speakers" on television. His simple message delivered in a dynamic style made him a popular guest on television talk shows, as well as on the lecture circuit. At one time five of his books were on The New York Times Best Sellers List simultaneously.(buscaglia.com)

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Simple Reminders by Leo Buscaglia

Amazing Quotes by Leo Buscaglia

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 http://smpl.ws/gc (-70)

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (53)

Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. ~Leo Buscaglia (2)

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (36)

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. ~Leo Buscaglia (4)

Change is the end result of all true learning. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (57)

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (32)

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (24)

I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn. ~Leo Buscaglia (19)

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (28)

We all need each other. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (80)

Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (48)

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (35)

Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (30)

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (30)

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. ~Leo Buscaglia http://smpl.ws/gc (47)