These Mr. Rogers quotes will brighten your day and help you navigate life’s most difficult moments.
Fred Rogers is best known as Mr. Rogers, the host of the renowned children’s television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Mr. Rogers welcomed young viewers to his “neighborhood” for 33 years, from 1968 to 2001. He was known for creating a comforting, nurturing atmosphere that helped children understand themselves and the world around them.
Do you remember what Mr. Rogers taught you?
A whole generation has grown up since Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood stopped airing new episodes, but we can all stand to learn or refresh our memories from his wholesome lessons about life, love, kindness, and personal growth. As you browse the quotes below, consider how his timeless words of wisdom can apply to you, and perhaps to any children in your life.
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Mr. Rogers Quotes About Kindness and Goodness
1.) “Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.” – Mr. Rogers
2.) “The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness.”- Mr. Rogers
3.) “When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”- Mr. Rogers
4.) “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.”- Mr. Rogers
5.) “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.”- Mr. Rogers
6.) “Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”- Mr. Rogers
7.) “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. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”- Mr. Rogers
8.) “Who you are inside is what helps you make and do everything in life.”- Mr. Rogers
9.) “It’s good to be curious about many things.”- Mr. Rogers
10.) “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.”- Mr. Rogers
11.) “There’s a part of all of us that longs to know that even what’s weakest about us is still redeemable and can ultimately count for something good.”- Mr. Rogers
Mr. Rogers Quotes About Love
12.) “When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the façade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.”- Mr. Rogers
13.) “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.”- Mr. Rogers
14.) “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!” – Mr. Rogers
15.) “Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”- Mr. Rogers
16.) “You are special. You’re special to me. There’s only one in this wonderful world.” – Mr. Rogers
17.) “Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.” – Mr. Rogers
18.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
19.) “Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.” – Mr. Rogers
20.) “Taking care is one way to show your love. Another way is letting people take good care of you when you need it.” – Mr. Rogers
21.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
22.) “You can’t really love someone else unless you really love yourself first.” – Mr. Rogers
23.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
24.) “Love and trust, in the space between what’s said and what’s heard in our life, can make all the difference in this world.” – Mr. Rogers
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Mr. Rogers Quotes About What Really Matters
25.) “We get so wrapped up in numbers in our society. The most important thing is that we are able to be one-to-one, you and I with each other at the moment. If we can be present to the moment with the person that we happen to be with, that’s what’s important.” – Mr. Rogers
26.) “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.”- Mr. Rogers
27.) “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.”- Mr. Rogers
28.) “It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.”- Mr. Rogers
29.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
30.) “The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of others.”- Mr. Rogers
31.) “Imagining something may be the first step in making it happen, but it takes the real time and real efforts of real people to learn things, make things, turn thoughts into deeds or visions into inventions.” – Mr. Rogers
32.) “In a way, you’ve already won in this world because you’re the only one who can be you.” – Mr. Rogers
33.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
34.) “Often, problems are knots with many strands, and looking at those strands can make a problem seem different.” – Mr. Rogers
35.) “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Mr. Rogers
36.) “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” – Mr. Rogers
37.) “Our society is much more interested in information than wonder, in noise rather than silence…And I feel that we need a lot more wonder and a lot more silence in our lives.” – Mr. Rogers
Mr. Rogers Quotes About Helping
38.) “The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they’re generally not the ones being touted in the news.” – Mr. Rogers
39.) “There are times when explanations, no matter how reasonable, just don’t seem to help.” – Mr. Rogers
40.) “We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears.” – Mr. Rogers
41.) “Real strength has to do with helping others.” – Mr. Rogers
42.) “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” – Mr. Rogers
43.) “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.” – Mr. Rogers
44.) “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.’” – Mr. Rogers
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Mr. Rogers Quotes About Growth and Individuality
45.) “Even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what’s unique about us to life in a redeeming way.” – Mr. Rogers
46.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
47.) “Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we are not perfect.” – Mr. Rogers
48.) “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.” – Mr. Rogers
49.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
50.) “Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.” – Mr. Rogers
51.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
52.) “I’m proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done.” – Mr. Rogers
53.) “Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.” – Mr. Rogers
54.) “I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said ‘yes,’ when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else.” – Mr. Rogers
55.) “You can think about things and make believe. All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.” – Mr. Rogers
56.) “Nobody else can live the life you live.” – Mr. Rogers
57.) “We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.” – Mr. Rogers
58.) “As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has or ever will have something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” – Mr. Rogers
59.) “Whatever we choose to imagine can be as private as we want it to be. Nobody knows what you’re thinking or feeling unless you share it.” – Mr. Rogers
60.) “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.” – Mr. Rogers
Other Mr. Rogers quotes and sayings
61. “Peace means far more than the opposite of war.” – Mr. Rogers
62. “Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated.” – Mr. Rogers
63. “Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.” – Mr. Rogers
64. “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?” – Mr. Rogers
65. “Being able to resolve conflicts peacefully is one of the greatest strengths we can give our children.” – Mr. Rogers
66. “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.” – Mr. Rogers
67. “All our lives, we rework the things from our childhood, like feeling good about ourselves, managing our angry feelings, being able to say good-bye to people we love.” – Mr. Rogers
68. “Understanding love is one of the hardest things in the world.” – Mr. Rogers
69. “I think that those who would try to make you feel less than who you are, I think that’s the greatest evil.” – Mr. Rogers
70. “Deep within each of us is a spark of the divine just waiting to be used to light up a dark space.” – Mr. Rogers
Doesn’t it feel as though Mr. Rogers were speaking directly to you?
Fred Rogers always made it his goal for every one of his young viewers to feel personally connected to his show. He wanted children to know they were loved so that they could explore themselves and their world without fear.
Mr. Rogers believed that fear was the most toxic thing that could exist in a person’s life. He reasoned that if you feel afraid, you can’t grow and become the best version of yourself.
When you feel confident that you are not in danger and all your basic needs will be met, you can then grow and improve on yourself without fear. Think of what you can achieve if you leave fear behind you!
What’s your biggest takeaway from these Mr. Rogers quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
March 30, 2021 5:30 AM EST