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Personhood: The Art of Being Fully Human
Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D.

1 "Though we may differ greatly in how, who and what we worship, the basic code of behavior is common to all. It is this common denominator which binds us together in humanity and has helped us to continue to grow and survive."

2 "There are no 'others' to blame – each of us IS the other."

3 "'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' To this I would add, 'Give unto God and the world all that you are and all that you can be.'"

4 "To be fully functioning is to reach out with total trust and touch the God in all things."

5 "We are all part of everything and everyone."

6 "We need not be a Salk, Curie, Jefferson, a Keller, or King in order to give to the world. Ms. Smith or Mr. Jones, neither of whom will ever receive national recognition, or for that matter ever read their names in print, can also leave their indelible and significant marks upon the world. Anything which leads to good, to joy, to understanding, to acceptance is significant."

7 "Nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see. On the contrary, everything is sacred." Pierre Teilhard deChardin

8 "The choices are ours to make. As Nikos Kazantzakas has boldly suggested, 'We have our brush and colors – paint Paradise, and in we go.'"

9 "Self-love and love for others are identical. In the expression 'love thy neighbor as thyself' one senses the unification of self and others."

10 "Nothing occurs in the world that in some way does not affect us all. Even the most insignificant act we perform will have some effect upon the world."

11 "The goal is to achieve harmony with the ultimate Oneness."

12 "No one is guilty. We are all innocents in an ever changing stream for which each of us is responsible. It is a fantasy to believe that peace comes without all of us moving together with the stream in unity, joy, wonder and love."

13 "We must regain our respect for our uniqueness of mind and power of will so that we may utilize them to aid us in examining and selecting the most sound and growth-producing alternatives among the many choices the future will offer."

14 "Christianity states that God is in all of us at each moment of our lives and, in addition, there is always more to be realized in our future."

15 "As Erich Fromm states, 'Mature man finds himself and his roots only in creative relatedness to the world and the feeling of oneness with all men and nature."

16 "The self that we are now contains the actualization potential which will fulfill us."

17 "Confucius said: When a man carries out the principals of conscientousness and reciprocity he is not far from the universal law. What you do not wish others should do unto you, do not do unto them." The Golden Mean of Tsesze XIII

18 "A man obtains a proper rule of action by looking at his neighbor as himself." The Mahabharata

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite