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Quotes by Fred Rogers

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Wikipedia Summary for Fred Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003), also known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host, author, producer and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in music from Rollins College in 1951. He began his television career at NBC in New York, returning to Pittsburgh in 1953 to work for children's programming at NET (later PBS) television station WQED. He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a bachelor's degree in divinity in 1962. He became a Presbyterian minister in 1963. He attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Child Development, where he began his 30-year long collaboration with child psychologist Margaret McFarland. He also helped develop the children's shows The Children's Corner (1955) and Misterogers (1963). In 1968, he created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for 33 years. The program was critically acclaimed for focusing on children's emotional and physical concerns, such as death, sibling rivalry, school enrollment, and divorce.

Rogers died of stomach cancer on February 27, 2003 at age 74. His work in children's television has been widely lauded, and he received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. Rogers influenced many writers and producers of children's television shows, and his broadcasts have served as a source of comfort during tragic events, even after his death.

Quote: If you're trusted and people will allow you to share their inner gardern... what better gift? by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
Photo Credit: Ian Schneider

If you're trusted and people will allow you to share their inner gardern... what better gift?


Quote: There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of coconut tree near body of water
Photo Credit: Pedro Monteiro

There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.


Quote: You can choose to let this thing bother you or let this be an adventure and welcome the challenge. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of sunset
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You can choose to let this thing bother you or let this be an adventure and welcome the challenge.


Quote: Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.


Quote: Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of white wall paint beside white wall
Photo Credit: Augustine Wong

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.


Quote: I believe that those of us who are the producers and purveyors of television, I believe that we are the servants of this nation. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I believe that those of us who are the producers and purveyors of television, I believe that we are the servants of this nation.


Quote: To grow up to be healthy, very young children do not need to know how to read, but they need to know how to play. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

To grow up to be healthy, very young children do not need to know how to read, but they need to know how to play.


Quote: There have always been times when children wished for superhuman powers. Cave children probably pretended to be superhunters, just as children today pretend about being superstrong or superfast. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

There have always been times when children wished for superhuman powers. Cave children probably pretended to be superhunters, just as children today pretend about being superstrong or superfast.


Quote: Caring is not what a powerful person gives to a weaker one. Caring is a matter of being there...lamenting right along with the one who laments. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Caring is not what a powerful person gives to a weaker one. Caring is a matter of being there...lamenting right along with the one who laments.


Quote: I believe that the basis of any health education lies in a person's caring enough about himself that he'll want to take care of himself. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I believe that the basis of any health education lies in a person's caring enough about himself that he'll want to take care of himself.


Quote: Grandparents are both our past and our future. In some ways they are what has gone before, and in others they are what we will become. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Grandparents are both our past and our future. In some ways they are what has gone before, and in others they are what we will become.


Quote: Grandparents can be very special resources. Just being close to them reassures a child, without words, about change and continuity, about what went before and what will come after. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Grandparents can be very special resources. Just being close to them reassures a child, without words, about change and continuity, about what went before and what will come after.


Quote: The way you would draw a tree is different from the way anyone else would draw a tree -- and that's the way it's supposed to be. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The way you would draw a tree is different from the way anyone else would draw a tree -- and that's the way it's supposed to be.


Quote: When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.


Quote: Hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.


Quote: Just because somebody wants to be alone sometimes, it doesn't mean they don't love you. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Just because somebody wants to be alone sometimes, it doesn't mean they don't love you.


Quote: If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what 'good' parenting means. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what 'good' parenting means.


Quote: I've often hesitated in beginning a project because I've thought, 'It'll never turn out to be even remotely like the good idea I have as I start.' I could just 'feel' how good it could be. but I decided that, for the present, I would create the best way I know how and accept the ambiguities. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote: I've often hesitated in beginning a project because I've thought, 'It'll never turn out to be even remotely like the good idea I have as I start.' I could just 'feel' how good it could be. but I decided that, for the present, I would create the best way I know how and accept the ambiguities.- black text on quotes background

I've often hesitated in beginning a project because I've thought, 'It'll never turn out to be even remotely like the good idea I have as I start.' I could just 'feel' how good it could be. but I decided that, for the present, I would create the best way I know how and accept the ambiguities.


Quote: I don't think that the basics that kids need have changed in 10,000 years. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I don't think that the basics that kids need have changed in 10,000 years.


Quote: Out of difference can come the reinforcement of two important values. One is tolerance and the other is awareness that people who disagree over the things they hold dear really can live together in love and respect. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Out of difference can come the reinforcement of two important values. One is tolerance and the other is awareness that people who disagree over the things they hold dear really can live together in love and respect.




Quote: Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, Existence is simply illusion. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, Existence is simply illusion.


Quote: It may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen.


Quote: I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there's some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there's some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen.


Quote: I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.


Quote: My friendship with Mitzi was like the friendship that many children have with their pets. My mother and father thought it was good for me to have a dog for a companion. Well it was good for me, but it was only many years after she died that I began to understand how good it was, and why. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote: My friendship with Mitzi was like the friendship that many children have with their pets. My mother and father thought it was good for me to have a dog for a companion. Well it was good for me, but it was only many years after she died that I began to understand how good it was, and why.- black text on quotes background

My friendship with Mitzi was like the friendship that many children have with their pets. My mother and father thought it was good for me to have a dog for a companion. Well it was good for me, but it was only many years after she died that I began to understand how good it was, and why.


Quote: Pretending doesn't require expensive toys. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Pretending doesn't require expensive toys.


Quote: It's the people we love the most who can make us feel the gladdest ... and the maddest! Love and anger are such a puzzle! by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's the people we love the most who can make us feel the gladdest ... and the maddest! Love and anger are such a puzzle!


Quote: There's no should or should not when it comes to having feelings. They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

There's no should or should not when it comes to having feelings. They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.


Quote: The child is in me still and sometimes not so still. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.


Quote: No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we all are called to be tikkun olam, repairers of creation. Thank you for whatever you do, wherever you are, to bring joy and life and hope and faith and pardon and love to your neighbor and to yourself. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote; white text on black background

No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we all are called to be tikkun olam, repairers of creation. Thank you for whatever you do, wherever you are, to bring joy and life and hope and faith and pardon and love to your neighbor and to yourself.


Quote: When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. We're helping ourselves stay in touch with that spirit, too. It's the things we play withand the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote: When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. We're helping ourselves stay in touch with that spirit, too. It's the things we play withand the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.- black text on quotes background

When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. We're helping ourselves stay in touch with that spirit, too. It's the things we play withand the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.


Quote: Children who have learned to be comfortably dependent can become not only comfortably independent but also comfortable with having people depend on them. They can lean, stand, and be leaned upon, because they know what a good feeling it can be to feel needed. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Children who have learned to be comfortably dependent can become not only comfortably independent but also comfortable with having people depend on them. They can lean, stand, and be leaned upon, because they know what a good feeling it can be to feel needed.


Quote: What do you think it is that drives people to want far more than they could ever use or need? I frankly think it's insecurity. How do we let the world know that the trappings of this life are not the things that are ultimately important for being accepted? by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

What do you think it is that drives people to want far more than they could ever use or need? I frankly think it's insecurity. How do we let the world know that the trappings of this life are not the things that are ultimately important for being accepted?


Quote: Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning...They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning...They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.




Quote: I feel that the real drama of life is never center stage, it's always in the wings. It's never with the spotlight on, it's usually something that you don't expect at all. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I feel that the real drama of life is never center stage, it's always in the wings. It's never with the spotlight on, it's usually something that you don't expect at all.


Quote: Whether we're a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we're acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Whether we're a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we're acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.




Quote: Our worlds needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Our worlds needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction.


Quote: Parents don't come full bloom at the birth of the first baby. In fact parenting is about growing. It's about our own growing as much as it is about our children's growing and that kind of growing happens little by little. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Parents don't come full bloom at the birth of the first baby. In fact parenting is about growing. It's about our own growing as much as it is about our children's growing and that kind of growing happens little by little.


Quote: What really matters is not just our own winning but helping other people to win, too. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

What really matters is not just our own winning but helping other people to win, too.


Quote: If we can bring our children understanding, comfort, and hopefulness when they need this kind of support, then they are more likely to grow into adults who can find these resources within themselves later on. (from the introduction). by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

If we can bring our children understanding, comfort, and hopefulness when they need this kind of support, then they are more likely to grow into adults who can find these resources within themselves later on. (from the introduction).


Quote: My hunch is that if we allow ourselves to give who we really are to the children in our care, we will in some way inspire cartwheels in their hearts. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

My hunch is that if we allow ourselves to give who we really are to the children in our care, we will in some way inspire cartwheels in their hearts.


Quote: Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.


Quote: Perhaps we think that we won't find another human being inside that person. Perhaps we think that there are some people in this world who I can't ever communicate with, and so I'll just give up before I try. And how sad it is to think that we would give up on any other creature who's just like us. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote: Perhaps we think that we won't find another human being inside that person. Perhaps we think that there are some people in this world who I can't ever communicate with, and so I'll just give up before I try. And how sad it is to think that we would give up on any other creature who's just like us.- black text on quotes background

Perhaps we think that we won't find another human being inside that person. Perhaps we think that there are some people in this world who I can't ever communicate with, and so I'll just give up before I try. And how sad it is to think that we would give up on any other creature who's just like us.


Quote: I think it's very important -- no matter what you may do professionally -- to keep alive some of the healthy interests of your youth. Children's play is not just kids' stuff. Children's play is rather the stuff of most future inventions. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I think it's very important -- no matter what you may do professionally -- to keep alive some of the healthy interests of your youth. Children's play is not just kids' stuff. Children's play is rather the stuff of most future inventions.


Quote: Love is at the root of everything. All learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Love is at the root of everything. All learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it.


Quote: I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have.  The same holds true for families: It's not how many people there are in a family that counts, but rather the feelings among the people who are there.


Quote: A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved.


Quote: It is our continuing love for our children that makes us want them to become all they can be, and their continuing love for us that helps them accept healthy discipline -- from us and eventually from themselves. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It is our continuing love for our children that makes us want them to become all they can be, and their continuing love for us that helps them accept healthy discipline -- from us and eventually from themselves.


Quote: Kids can spot a phony a mile away. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Kids can spot a phony a mile away.


Quote: We all have only one life to live on Earth, and through television we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative, imaginative ways. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

We all have only one life to live on Earth, and through television we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative, imaginative ways.


Quote: Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated.


Quote: When we leave our child in nursery school for the first time, it won't be just our child's feelings about separation that we will have to cope with, but our own feelings as well-from our present and from our past, parents are extra vulnerable to new tremors from old earthquakes. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote; white text on black background

When we leave our child in nursery school for the first time, it won't be just our child's feelings about separation that we will have to cope with, but our own feelings as well-from our present and from our past, parents are extra vulnerable to new tremors from old earthquakes.


Quote: I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you have ever done. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you have ever done.


Quote: The purpose of life is to listen -- to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find ... from within and without. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The purpose of life is to listen -- to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find ... from within and without.


Quote: How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning? by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?




Quote: There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.


Quote: Love and trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Love and trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world.




Quote: Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given.


Quote: Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying 'I love you' is being a receptive listener. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying 'I love you' is being a receptive listener.


Quote: Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're equally infinite. Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're equally infinite. Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.




Quote: Fame is a four-letter word; and like tape or zoom or face or pain or life or love, what ultimately matters is what we do with it. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Fame is a four-letter word; and like tape or zoom or face or pain or life or love, what ultimately matters is what we do with it.


Quote: The greatest gift that you can give another person is to gracefully receive whatever it is that they want to give us. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The greatest gift that you can give another person is to gracefully receive whatever it is that they want to give us.


Quote: To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.


Quote: There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.


Quote: If it's mentionable, it's manageable. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

If it's mentionable, it's manageable.


Quote: Anything mentionable is manageable. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Anything mentionable is manageable.


Quote: I like you just the way you are. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I like you just the way you are.


Quote: Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered ... just one kind word to another person. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered ... just one kind word to another person.


Quote: You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.


Quote: If the grain of wheat could know fear, it would be paralyzed with anxiety at the thought of being dropped in the ground, covered over, put out of sight, doomed to inactivity, yet what a glorious harvest awaits it! by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

If the grain of wheat could know fear, it would be paralyzed with anxiety at the thought of being dropped in the ground, covered over, put out of sight, doomed to inactivity, yet what a glorious harvest awaits it!


Quote: When we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

When we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred.


Quote: In my own life, as the nearer I get to the end of life on this earth, the simpler I want to become. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

In my own life, as the nearer I get to the end of life on this earth, the simpler I want to become.


Quote: I'm fairly convinced that the Kingdom of God is for the broken-hearted. You write of 'powerlessness.' Join the club, we are not in control. God is. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I'm fairly convinced that the Kingdom of God is for the broken-hearted. You write of 'powerlessness.' Join the club, we are not in control. God is.


Quote: The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted.


Quote: Real strength has to do with helping others. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Real strength has to do with helping others.


Quote: It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside.


Quote: I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self.


Quote: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.




Quote: What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win too. Even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win too. Even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.


Quote: I recently learned that in an average lifetime a person walks about sixty-five thousand miles. That's two and a half times around the world. I wonder where your steps will take you. I wonder how you'll use the rest of the miles you're given. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I recently learned that in an average lifetime a person walks about sixty-five thousand miles. That's two and a half times around the world. I wonder where your steps will take you. I wonder how you'll use the rest of the miles you're given.




Quote: The space between the television set and the viewer is holy ground. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The space between the television set and the viewer is holy ground.


Quote: We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.


Quote: Those of us who are in this world to educate-to care for-young children have a special calling: a calling that has very little to do with the collection of expensive possessions but has a lot to do with worth inside of heads and hearts. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Those of us who are in this world to educate-to care for-young children have a special calling: a calling that has very little to do with the collection of expensive possessions but has a lot to do with worth inside of heads and hearts.


Quote: There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.


Quote: Play is really the work of childhood. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Play is really the work of childhood.


Quote: Love isn't a perfect state of caring. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Love isn't a perfect state of caring.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.


Quote: I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world.


Quote: Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind.






Quote: For a couple with young children, divorce seldom comes as a solution to stress, only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

For a couple with young children, divorce seldom comes as a solution to stress, only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another.


Quote: Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.


Quote: You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.


Quote: It's a miracle when we finally discover whom we're best equipped to serve. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's a miracle when we finally discover whom we're best equipped to serve.




Quote: Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal.


Quote: Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.


Quote: The number 143 means 'I love you.' It takes one letter to say 'I' and four letters to say 'love' and three letters to say 'you.' One hundred and forty-three. 'I love you.' Isn't that wonderful? by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The number 143 means 'I love you.' It takes one letter to say 'I' and four letters to say 'love' and three letters to say 'you.' One hundred and forty-three. 'I love you.' Isn't that wonderful?


Quote: When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote: When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.- black text on quotes background

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.


Quote: Parents find many different ways to work their way through the assertiveness of their two-year-olds, but seeing that assertiveness as positive energy being directed toward growth as a competent individual may open up some new possibilities. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Parents find many different ways to work their way through the assertiveness of their two-year-olds, but seeing that assertiveness as positive energy being directed toward growth as a competent individual may open up some new possibilities.


Quote: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine; could you be mine? by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine; could you be mine?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...

I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we're together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor?


Quote: Vermont is a small state which makes an enormous difference. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Vermont is a small state which makes an enormous difference.




Quote: Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.


Quote: If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.


Quote: It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.


Quote: When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others.


Quote: I just feel that there isn't enough silence, and I'm always asking people if they can just give some silence. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I just feel that there isn't enough silence, and I'm always asking people if they can just give some silence.


Quote: Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.


Quote: I'm proud of you. I hope that you are proud of you too. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I'm proud of you. I hope that you are proud of you too.


Quote: In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.


Quote: Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.


Quote: Please think of the children first. If you ever have anything to do with their entertainment, their food, their toys, their custody, their child care, their health care, their education -- listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. Think of the children first. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of Fred Rogers quote; white text on black background

Please think of the children first. If you ever have anything to do with their entertainment, their food, their toys, their custody, their child care, their health care, their education -- listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. Think of the children first.


Quote: We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.


Quote: It's not possible to be a parent without having times of worry. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's not possible to be a parent without having times of worry.


Quote: All of our growth is rooted in the firm trust that all of those who first cared about us maintained. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

All of our growth is rooted in the firm trust that all of those who first cared about us maintained.


Quote: One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation.


Quote: What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.


Quote: When your heart has room for everybody then your heart is full of love. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

When your heart has room for everybody then your heart is full of love.


Quote: People wear all sorts of things, but the best part is the part that's on the inside. That's what's really you -- the person inside. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

People wear all sorts of things, but the best part is the part that's on the inside. That's what's really you -- the person inside.


Quote: I hope you're able to grow to respect whoever you are inside. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I hope you're able to grow to respect whoever you are inside.


Quote: Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.


Quote: We all have negative urges, but we don't have to act out those urges. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

We all have negative urges, but we don't have to act out those urges.


Quote: Anger makes us feel so isolated. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Anger makes us feel so isolated.


Quote: Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.


Quote: Deep down, we know that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Deep down, we know that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too.


Quote: The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.




Quote: Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.


Quote: It's important to give up -- maybe daily -- the longing to be perfect…what a heavy burden. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

It's important to give up -- maybe daily -- the longing to be perfect…what a heavy burden.


Quote: You're much more than your job description or your age or your income or your output. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You're much more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.


Quote: You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There's never been anyone exactly like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There's never been anyone exactly like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are.


Quote: You're certainly somebody that people can love. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You're certainly somebody that people can love.


Quote: You can't really love someone else unless you really love yourself first. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You can't really love someone else unless you really love yourself first.


Quote: Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.


Quote: Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.


Quote: How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.


Quote: You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.


Quote: I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.


Quote: I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of photo of author Fred Rogers with quote

I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.


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