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I first received the hardcover in the summer of 1982 as a going-away present from a dear,
dear friend who knew how much I'd enjoyed Buscaglia's work, having read some of his earlier
books and seen his appearances on public television. It was quite the sentimental token to
take along as I embarked on what turned out to be a three-year adventure in Italy. A lot of
my first year there was very lonely, and Buscaglia's warm, soothing words were a comfort
to me in my most homesick times and gave me hope. More than merely a gift from a
good friend, the book itself became a friend that I could turn to again and again.

Weeks after returning to the States, in December 1985, I attended a performance of Lily
Tomlin's Broadway show, and during the intermission, I noticed a man who could only have
been Leo Buscaglia chatting animatedly with a woman a few rows ahead. My heart raced; my
mind debated. After all, wasn't he there to enjoy himself as much as I was? Yet I had to meet
the man whose work had touched me so. I mustered all my courage and approached him. "I'm
sorry to interrupt, but are you Leo Buscaglia?" He smiled warmly as he nodded. I blanked on
what to say next. Finally, thinking of what I considered to be his trademark, I blurted,
"Could I have a hug?" It was a magical moment. The man was so loving and genuine that I knew I'd done the right thing in going up to him--plus, it was the most heartfelt hug I've ever received in my life. That really cemented the book's meaning for me.

Laurie Kahn, Associate Managing Editor

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LIVING, LOVING AND LEARNING is a delightful collection of Dr. Buscaglia's informative and amusing lectures, which were delivered worldwide between 1970 and 1981. This inspirational treasure is for all those eager to accept the challenge of life and to profit from the wonder of love.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (October 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449901815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449901816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sunil Govinnage on June 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first learnt about Dr Leo Buscaglia and his works in May 1984 when I received the wonderful gift of the book, `Living, Loving and Learning' from my then boss and life-time mentor Fred Davis while working in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Although I studied and grew up in a culture which had given me some knowledge into all three concepts covered in the book, I found it to be a useful resource kit. I have read the book so many times since 1984 and still reading it again and again.
In May 1984, I was young, strong, irrational and did not fully grasp the value of love and or human relations but I thought I knew about living and learning. I received the book just three months before our daughter was born and realised the important of `love' as a `behaviour modifier'. Ever since, I have learnt many other things from this book as well from other sources. Dr Buscaglia writes about love and the importance of giving as well as receiving this unexplainable desire from the time of our birth to death. Now I know that life is nothing but a journey of seeking, giving and rejection of love.
A few months ago our daughter was very down, apparently due to the pains of growing up. Perhaps I would have been a major party in that process. May be she had peer pressure which she didn't want to communicate with me. Perhaps she thought that I was not listening to her needs (and I still do that mistake)!. When she was very down, I approached and `tactfully demanded' her (like many parents do) to read the book. I even highlighted the section that she should read. A few days later she returned the book and said: "Dad, this book has a lot of what you always talk about!". She smiled and thanked me. It was a very precious moment in my life.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on October 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just discovered Leo Buscaglia and it has been like

looking in the mirror and seeing someone just like

me looking back - I don't mean physically, I mean

in his heart and sould and my heart and soul.

I come to this review with that energy - a whole

hearted belief in the wisdom of Buscaglia's words,

vision. It is my wholehearted desire that these

messages and similar messages continue to grow.

This book is a compilation of transcripts of many

talks given by Dr. Buscaglia. In reading the words,

you will feel as if he is addressing you personally.

You will laugh (and cry) at his stories, be challenged

by his insights and be inspired by his presence

on the written page.

One of my favorite chapters is "Teach Life" - where

in his true form, he shares about his love for

Valentine's Day, his most informative role models

and how the truth of a sacred Sufi story still

rings true in today's world.

The chapter "Bridges, Not Barriers" is also excellent

and rang so familiar, it was as if Buscaglia was

walking around in my brain... and since he is no

longer on the physical plane... well, you just never

know! *wink*

One of quotes from the book is found on page 73:

"Knowledge is not wisdom! Learning alone is not

wisdom. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and

facts. Wisdom is realizing you know nothing. Wisdom

is saying, "My mind is open. Wherever I am, I am just

beginning. There is more to be realized by a hundred

fold than what I know".
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jackie St. Hilaire VINE VOICE on February 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
When Leo Buscaglia died, the heading on his obituary in the newspaper read " Hug doctor dies". Leo would have had a good laugh on that one. Leo could sure make you laugh. I loved listening to him on PBS and have read most of his books. I remember on one show he was sharing how when he published his book "Love", he check out the published books and there was not one book called "Love". He was so amazed that he made this his life's work, to love and be loved. All teachers should be given his book "Living, Loving & Learning". It would put everything in the right perspective. You can't teach students without first giving them respect. To get respect you have to give respect. Thank you Leo Buscaglia for making this world a better place.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SUPPORT THE ASPCA. on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book can touch someone on all levels. It consists of inspirational, humorous, and yes naive lectures the author gave from 1970-81. I found the two most important chapters to be, "Thats Where The Light Is, and Choose Life." The former gives insights to the importance of living in the present and shows that we need not fear death, if we have lived. The latter details some sorry statistics about our society and how we as individuals can choose to make our lives better. The brief story of the leopard shows the positive aspect of passion. A good upbeat book that can raise ones spirits.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin on May 10, 2001
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Leo Buscaglia, who I must say I have adored for over a decade now is an instrument in leading those of us here on earth into a world of hope and love. I must say that I have been using his resources as a therapist, for myself and my clients, and prefer to have audios, if possible; I love hearing his voice.
At any rate, this book is an eye opener for those of us who have gotten lost in life and need to slow down to smell the roses and enjoy the life we have, while we have it. Dr. Buscaglia delivers a down to earth, nearly physically touchable experience of how it feels to truly live your life loving and learning. Moreover, he defines what a lover and student of life will experience if they make that transition.
I would urge anyone who is either at the end of their rope and needing a knot to put in their rope, in order to hold on, to buy this book. If possible, get the audio and experience his exhuberant spirit.
Dr. Buscaglia still lives on today to me, and like he stated several times over, that when he dies he does not want people to cry, he wants them to celebrate. What better way to celebrate than to continue to pass his message on to others.
I've worked with geriatric patients and found my women's group to love his PBS videos, which if I could find and buy, would do so in a New York minute. And most importantly, I try to use his philosophy when I find it needed, in my own life, passing it on to my children, family, and friends.
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