20 Mr. Rogers Quotes That Will Leave You in a Puddle of Happy Tears
Fred Rogers was a rarity. The soft-spoken creator and host of the TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood devoted his life to encouraging the education and happiness of children and adults alike. Whether you remember his heartwarming rendition of his show's intro, "Won't You Be My Neighbor," or his countless speeches that left us in tears, one thing that truly resonates above all are his words.
Mr. Rogers's peaceful approach to conflict, success, love, and society as a whole has continued to move and inspire long after his passing back in 2003, and whenever times get tough, we love to look back on his words for comfort. These 20 quotes will remind you that there is hope and true goodness in the world, so read on, then go spread more love to your neighbors and beyond.
1. "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."
2. "Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else."
3. "Nobody else can live the life you live. And even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what's unique about us to live in a redeeming way."
4. "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."
5. "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."
6. "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."
7. "How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extraspecial meaning?"
8. "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."
9. "Real strength has to do with helping others."
10. "What matters isn't how a person's inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise — his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge."
11. "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."
12. "How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements . . . and into dreams that we can make come true."
13. "In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of — moments when we human beings can say 'I love you,' 'I'm proud of you,' 'I forgive you,' 'I'm grateful for you.' That's what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff."
14. "The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self."
15. "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."
16. "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."
17. "Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak."
18. "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."
19. "The really important 'great' things are never center stage of life's dramas; they're always 'in the wings.' That's why it's so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial."
20. "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."