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Here are the most known Loved, Feelings, Giving, Life, Neighbor, Children quotes from Fred Rogers, and much more.

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About Fred Rogers

birth of the author

March 20, 1928

death of the author

February 27, 2003

college of the author

Alma Mater:
Dartmouth College

occupation of the author

Children’s Television Presenter, Actor, Puppeteer, Singer, Composer, Television Producer, Author, Educator, Presbyterian Minister

date of the author

Years Active:

award of the author

Presidential Medal Of Freedom


The child is in me still and sometimes not so still. — Fred Rogers

Children aren’t responsible for wars. — Fred Rogers

The world is not always a kind place. That’s something all children learn for themselves, whether we want them to or not, but it’s something they really need our help to understand. — Fred Rogers

Our children are extensions of ourselves in ways our parents are not, nor our brothers and sisters, nor our spouses. — Fred Rogers

the child is in me still and sometimes not so still Fred Rogers 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. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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I do think that young children can spot a phony a mile away. — Fred Rogers

I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self–discipline. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

children aren t responsible for wars Fred Rogers quote

Parents who expect change in themselves as well as in their children, who accept it and find in it the joy as well as the pains ofgrowth, are likely to be the happiest and most confident parents. — Fred Rogers


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

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

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. — Fred Rogers

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

how sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us Fred Rogers quote

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

The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away. — Fred Rogers

One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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

the greatest gift you ever give is your honest self Fred Rogers 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? — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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

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. — Fred Rogers

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

One of the most important things a person can learn to do is to make something out of whatever he or she happens to have at the moment. — Fred Rogers

When we’re able to resign ourselves to the wishes that will never come true, there can be enormous energies available within us for whatever we CAN do. — Fred Rogers


Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving. — Fred Rogers

I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be. — Fred Rogers

All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. — Fred Rogers

all of us have special ones who have loved us into being Fred Rogers quote

All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are….Ten seconds of silence. — Fred Rogers

I think everybody longs to be loved and longs to know that he or she is lovable and, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving. — Fred Rogers


You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable. — Fred Rogers

I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex. — Fred Rogers

The whole idea is to look at the television camera and present as much love as you possibly could to a person who might feel that he or she needs it. — Fred Rogers

i feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex Fred Rogers 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! — Fred Rogers

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It’s our insides that make us who we are, that allow us to dream and wonder and feel for others. That’s what’s essential. That’s what will always make the biggest difference in our world. — Fred Rogers

The more we can be in a relationship with those who might seem strange to us, the more we can feel like we’re neighbors and all members of the human family. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

Human beings need to feel that they are lovable and capable of loving. — Fred Rogers

human beings need to feel that they are lovable and capable of loving Fred Rogers quote

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


I believe it’s a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have. — Fred Rogers

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

The real drama of life is never centerstage. It’s always in the wings. — Fred Rogers

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

the real drama of life is never centerstage it s always in the wings Fred Rogers quote

It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives. — Fred Rogers

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

It always helps to have people we love beside us when we have to do difficult things in life. — Fred Rogers

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. — Fred Rogers

The connections we make in the course of a life––maybe that’s what heaven is. — Fred Rogers

who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life Fred Rogers 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. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

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. — Fred Rogers

It would have been sad for me to spend my life just trying to superimpose stuff on people rather than trying to encourage them to look within themselves for what’s of value. — Fred Rogers

Human relationships are primary in all of living. When the gusty winds blow and shake our lives, if we know that people care about us, we may bend with the wind … but we won’t break. — Fred Rogers


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. — Fred Rogers

I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. — Fred Rogers

listening is where love begins listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors Fred Rogers quote

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine; could you be mine? — Fred Rogers

We’re all on a journey–each one of us. And if we can be sensitive to the person who happens to be our neighbor, that, to me, is the greatest challenge as well as the greatest pleasure. — Fred Rogers

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

I have really never considered myself a TV star. I always thought I was a neighbor who just came in for a visit. — Fred Rogers

FRED ROGERS Quotes Take Away

Fred Rogers was a television pioneer and one of the most influential people of our time. He was committed to using the power of media to make positive change in the world, and his words continue to inspire us today. If you’re looking for more ways to be inspired, check out our online courses. We have classes on everything from digital marketing to copywriting that can help you achieve your goals.

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