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Quotes of the day: Fred Rogers

Published Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 12:00 AM EST
Feb 27 2016

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 - February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, puppeteer, educator, Presbyterian minister, composer, songwriter, author, and activist. Rogers was most famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You're much more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.

Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.

Being able to resolve conflicts peacefully is one of the greatest strengths we can give our children.

Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.

Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Life is for service.

Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we are not perfect.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn't have to be a lonely kind of thing.

The connections we make in the course of a life- maybe that's what heaven is.

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

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

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

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.

We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears.

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.

What's been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness.

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.

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

Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life.

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

You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.


Fred Rogers earns PBS $20 million.


(February 27 is also the birthday of George Herbert Mead Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Hugo Black John Steinbeck Peter De Vries.)

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