Biologically and physiologically, we are not equal. Some of us learn better at different times of day. Some learn best visually, some auditorially, some tactilely, by touching.

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

I've spoken in every state in the union, meeting and hugging the people who later bought my books. I spoke to anybody who wanted to hear me, including 1,000 nuns who could pay me only with homemade bread.

I've learned that you learn best by modeling. If you want people to learn, do it!

The purpose of life is to help others, and if you can't help them, won't you at least not hurt them? I know that is a platitude, that that is sentimental and can easily be attacked. But loving, caring is simple, and we make it complex. Our own neuroses make it complex.

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

If you're an advocate of gentleness, you're simplistic and naive. If you're an advocate of despair and hate, you're sophisticated.

Change is the end result of all true learning.

I have been a teacher myself all my life. I have an intense passion to share with people. Our only salvation is in knowledge, in learning.

Food is celebratory. People who don't cook don't know how much fun they're missing.

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

Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.

Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?

Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

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

We want to gently remind people that we don't have forever. In my work, I hear parents complain all the time that their children grow up so fast. But they don't take the time to sit down and talk to each other. The last bastion of getting together is around the table.

I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, 'No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving,' and then you do it.

The best students come from homes where education is revered: where there are books, and children see their parents reading them.

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

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

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

A life lived in love will never be dull.

We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.

I have too much respect for people to try to control them. But they are estranged from love, afraid to reach out and touch one another. We're afraid to appear sentimental or speak in platitudes because people will say, 'What a jerk!' It takes courage in our culture to be a lover.

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.

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

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.

All of my youth growing up in my Italian family was focused around the table. That's where I learned about love.

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.

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

We all need each other.

My mother made soft polenta often, and as a child, I would watch her stir until she looked like her arm would fall off.

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

Love yourself-accept yourself-forgive yourself-and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.

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.

I was lucky to have such a loving, crazy family. I learned to give and share.

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

I've always thought 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.

Hugs make you feel psychologically more secure and together.

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.

You can be a follower of Muhammad or Jesus or Buddha or whomever. Always, they said that the most essential factor is to love your neighbor. And to love you.

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

When we sit at the table, there is more going on than satisfying hunger. It is sad to think of those who eat simply to satisfy their hunger and who do not permit themselves to linger under the many spells offered by a good meal - the satisfaction of our hearts, our minds and our spirits.

The minute we stop learning, we begin death, the process of dying. We learn from each other with every action we perform. We are teaching goodness or evil every time we step out of the house and into the street.

The way to anybody's heart is through a thoughtfully-prepared, beautifully-executed, lovingly-presented meal.

I am a teacher. And I think I am a serious one who happens to be enjoying life.

Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.