Leo Busacaglia

Leo
Busacaglia
1924
1998

American Author, Motivational Speaker and Professor in Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California

Author Quotes

A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love

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

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.

There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.

When we give ourselves in love we become our most vulnerable. We are never safe. We become open to disappointment and hurt

A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose -- and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredibly unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.

Most of us remain strangers to ourselves, hiding who we are, and ask other strangers, hiding who they are, to love us.

Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.

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.

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?

The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new.

Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.

Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer.

Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet.

I exist, I am, I am here, I am becoming, I make my own life and no one else makes it for me. I must face my own shortcomings, mistakes, transgressions. No one can suffer my non-being as I do, but tomorrow is another day, and I must decide to leave my bed and live again. And if I fail, I don't have the comfort of blaming you or life or God.

The hardest battle you are ever going to have to fight is the battle to be just you.

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. 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 a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

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

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

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

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

What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.

We all need each other.

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.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
Leo
Last Name
Busacaglia
Birth Date
1924
Death Date
1998
Bio

American Author, Motivational Speaker and Professor in Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California