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Inspirational Quotes from Bach, Buscaglia, Schulz, Twain, and Paulo Coelho

Updated on August 2, 2020
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Russ writes on relationships, people management, music, and poetry. He is originally from South Africa and now lives in the UK.

The House of Mark Twain

Over the years I have been inspired by the words, quotes, insights, books, works and wisdom of many people.  The five I have selected to share here are amongst my favourites - Leo Buscaglia, Mark Twain, Richard Bach, Charles Schulz, and Paulo Coelho.

Leo Buscaglia

Felice Leonardo 'Leo' Buscaglia, Ph.D. (March 1924 – June 1998) touched untold numbers with his insights into how we seek happiness and create loving relationships. He was an author and motivational speaker and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California.

He gained fame on the USC campus through his non-credit course titled ‘Love 1A’ which became the basis for his first book, titled simply 'Love'. He wrote many other books including Living, Loving and Learning, Born for Love, Personhood, Loving Each Other, and Bus 9 to Paradise.

Quotes from Leo

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

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

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things - I play with leaves, I skip down the street and run against the wind.

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.

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.

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.

I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.

Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved, we love to love.

Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.

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.

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.

Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lies man's only promise.

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails.

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

I've always though that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.

Love is life and if you miss love, you miss life.

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

Charles M. Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz (1922 - 2000) was an American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. He has published more than 1,400 books and His work has appeared in over 2,300 newspapers.

After thoroughly enjoying many of Schulz’s wonderful tales myself, some of my favourite memories go back to watching my daughter Leyla when she was about ten year’s old, settled in her favourite recliner with a huge stack of Charlie Brown books at her side (about thirty). Her constant chuckling was indeed a joy to behold.

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'

Try not to have a good time, this is supposed to be educational.

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

You're a good man, Charlie Brown.


Richard Bach

Richard Bach, born 1936, is an American writer widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970’s best-sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, The Bridge Across Forever, There's No Such Place As Far Away, and others.

His books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. He is noted for his love of flying and for his books related to air flight and flying in a metaphorical context. Here are some of his quotes which have inspired me over the years:

Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours.

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose.

Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer and practise it.

Avoid problems and you'll never be the one who overcame them.

Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!

Neil Diamond -

Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?

Don't be dismayed by goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.

Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.

Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.

Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

Get this in mind early: we never grow up.

Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know.

Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

In order to win, you must expect to win.

Learning is finding out what you already know.

Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.

Not being known doesn't stop the truth from being true.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.

The simplest things are often the truest.

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.

To bring anything into your life, imagine that it's already there.

To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.

You teach best what you most need to learn.

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, born August 1947, is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. His books include The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, Veronika Decides To Die, The Devil and Miss Prym, Brida, The Zahir, Eleven Minutes, Like the Flowing River, The Valkyries, The Witch of Portobello, and many others. He has published 26 books, sold more than 100 million books in over 150 countries worldwide, and his works have been translated into 67 languages.

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.

No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone's eyes.

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.

Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.

You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 -1910), American writer and humorist, whose best work is characterised by broad, often irreverent humour or biting social satire. His writing is also known for realism of place and language, memorable characters, and hatred of hypocrisy and oppression.

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Humour is mankind's greatest blessing.

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

To be good is noble but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles but most of them never happened.

I can live for two months on a good compliment.

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.


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    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      8 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Sandra, amazing how an image of Mark Twain's house can lead you to Leo. I love how it all works. Thank you for your comments. Russ

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      Sandra Graham 

      8 years ago

      While looking up Leo Buscaglia, I came across your site oddly through the image search and the photo of Mark Twain's house in which stopped me in my tracks. I had to find out more about the house (my attention deficit disorder can take over while browsing Google) and it lead me here to a great compilation of wonderful minds of vision and inspiration. Thanks for putting this lovely piece together for many to enjoy and be inspired by.

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Larry, I always look forward to your comments(and your hubs of course!) Glad you enjoyed the romp. Would love to include Winston sometime. Go well.

    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thanks Dohn, it works as a swift kick of inspiration for me too, one of the reasons I enjoy compiling great quotes.

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      11 years ago from Northern Arizona

      From Mark Twain to Paulo Cuelho...such a romp of competing acuity ..! " Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong "...

      The tyranny of the weak, probably the strongest tyranny of all..Thank you, Russ, for these gems of wisdom...

      Winston was of the same genre..I like his comment " I like men that grin when they fight "...something about that remark that strikes me as so British...Larry

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      11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Incredible, Russ. I'll have to bookmark this for when I need a swift kick in the pants for inspiration! Thanks for writing this! I truly enjoyed it!



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