The Best Mister Rogers quotes

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Fred Rogers was born in 1928 and died on February 27, 2003. He was a Presbyterian minister, educator, songwriter, author and television producer best known as the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968-2001) for PBS.
Rogers was one of the most famous TV personalities in history. But it’s hard to find people who actually watched him when they were kids because he has been off TV since 2001 – but that doesn’t mean his message is any less important
In this blog post I’m going to go into more detail about who Fred Rogers really was and why we should all be grateful for what he did for us.
Discover the most known words from Mister Rogers.

Here are the most inspiring Love, Feelings, Giving, Life, Children, Helping quotes from Mister Rogers, and much more.


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About Mister 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


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

Life is for service. โ€” Fred Rogers

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

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

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

The connections we make in the course of a lifeโ€“โ€“maybe that’s what heaven is. โ€” Fred Rogers

The purpose of life is to listenโ€“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. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Fred Rogers


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. โ€” Fred Rogers

The best teacher in the world is someone who loves what he or she does, and just loves it in front of you. โ€” Fred Rogers

Love isn’t a perfect state of caring. โ€” Fred Rogers

Love begins with listening. โ€” Fred Rogers

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

Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others. โ€” Fred Rogers

Love isn’t a state of perfect caring, it is an active noun like struggle. โ€” Fred Rogers

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

All our lives, we rework the things from our childhood, like feeling good about ourselves, managing our angry feelings, being able to say goodโ€“bye to people we love. โ€” 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. โ€” Fred Rogers

Fame is a fourโ€“letter word; and like tape or zoom or face or pain or life or love, what ultimately matters is what we do with it. โ€” 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 disciplineโ€“โ€“from us and eventually from themselves. โ€” 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. โ€” Fred Rogers


Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. โ€” Fred Rogers

Real strength has to do with helping others. โ€” Fred Rogers

What really matters is not just our own winning but helping other people to win, too. โ€” Fred Rogers

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. โ€” Fred Rogers

I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn selfโ€“discipline. โ€” Fred Rogers


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

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

Redundant Thematics

In Mister Rogers Statements


The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. โ€” Fred Rogers

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

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

Being able to resolve conflicts peacefully is one of the greatest strengths we can give our children. โ€” Fred Rogers

How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extraโ€“special meaning? โ€” 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. โ€” Fred Rogers

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

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


The child is in me still and sometimes not so still. โ€” 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. โ€” 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. โ€” Fred Rogers

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. โ€” Fred Rogers


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

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

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! โ€” Fred Rogers

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. โ€” Fred Rogers

I must be an emotional archaeologist because I keep looking for the roots of things, particularly the roots of behavior and why I feel certain ways about certain things. โ€” 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. โ€” Fred Rogers

You can think about things and make believe. All you have to do is think and they’ll grow. โ€” Fred Rogers

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

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