Notes from “Love” by Leo Buscaglia

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Leo Buscaglia is the writer of the really famous book “Living, Loving and Learning” and many other books of psychology and philosophy. During his life he tried to live with boldness, consciousness and love for life and people, exactly as he was teaching to others. Many people read his books nowadays as they consider them as useful guides of happiness and self-improvement. In his book titled “Love” he goals to analyze the nature of love in every possible way: love as an emotion, love as a cognitive phenomenon, love as a personal and social need, love as a mimicking action. Here there are some notes I kept during my reading:

– Love is a phenomenon that can be learned.

– We are all so much together but finally we all die of loneliness.

– A person that deserves love first has to take care of himself/herself.

– The more I understand and accept, the better I can teach others and make myself a fantastic, beautiful, tender, miraculous person.

– Try to think who you are and how many great qualities there are inside you.

– Education should be the process of helping someone to discover his/her uniqueness, teaching him/her how to develop it and later showing him/her how to share it because this is the only reason of having something: sharing it.

– We live in a society where nobody is evaluated by who or what they are, only with what they own.

– Labels keep us apart from things and people.

– Nature doesn’t like uniformity.

– A person that deserves love doesn’t have to be perfect, he/she should be only human.

– Human beings are always ready for maturity and change. If someone stops believing this he/she will be close to death.

– We don’t have time thinking about death when we are really busy living.

– There are thousands paths for love. Everyone will find their own path if they hear themselves.

– The most difficult thing in the world is being something that you are not. The easiest thing is being you.

– Love is an emotion but also a reaction to an action.

– The way we learn how to love has to do with the way we are raised up and our culture.

– No one can be taught about something if they are not free.

– The biggest problem of people nowadays is they don’t know or they haven’t been taught how to love.

– In the most important moments all the people are alone.

– Personal isolation doesn’t mean loneliness.

– All of us feel alone from time to time despite the fact that we are social beings.

– Love is an internal human need by the moment a human being is born.

– Lack of love is the reason of many neuroses and psychoses in human lives.

Many times people accept irrational life conditions just to avoid losing love and acceptance of other people.

– Poets, philosophers and saints are busy with love. Scientists seem to avoid this subject.

– We don’t love at first sight. We are getting mature in love.

– Love is never full, there is always room for maturity.

– If you hug love you will end up realising that you hug yourself.

– When love is demanding it brings pain.

– Love has a meaning when it is experienced in “now”.

– Change demands three things: A lack of self-satisfaction. A decision to change. A devotion to the process of change and maturity.

– A human being is a real human only when he/she acts. Existing means acting.

– Love creates, never destroys.

– A human being never loves enough. He/she is always in the beginning. He/she can always love more.

– There is no peace or rest for someone who tries to know himself/herself.

– The better you know yourself, the more you know others.

– Love means responsibility. Responsibility makes you mature and gives you power. Our responsibility for love helps us teaching other people how to love.

– Happiness is a part of love. When I love someone I actually want his/her happiness.

– Hope is the beginning of love. Love is everything, forever.

– Love listens and sees. Love touches and caresses.

– There is not a specific path you have to follow. The only thing you have to remember is to pick a path with a heart.

– Human beings seem to need other people to admire and love. Later, they want to destroy the same people.

– There is not a right, ideal love. There are many right loves.

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