Fred Rogers is maybe the best person to ever live.
He educated countless children and brought joy to so many people's homes. And not only that, he was an activist and an advocate for children from all backgrounds.
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a staple of so many American homes.
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And Fred Rogers was the mastermind behind it. It just so happens that he was just as calm, collected, intelligent, and empathetic off-screen as he was on.
Here are 19 of our most favorite quotes from the legend himself, Mr. Rogers.
Look for the helpers
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.”
Love is active
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.
The importance of you
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.
It's not what we have
It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.
The next one made me tear up, not gonna lie.
A sense of worth
The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.
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.
Only you are you
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.
The end is really the beginning
Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.
Peace means far more than the opposite of war.
The next one is extra relevant today.
"Go ahead and cry"
People have said, “Don’t cry” to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is, “I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don’t cry.”
I’d rather have them say, “Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you.”
How to succeed
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.
A normal life
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.
Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.
I think it’s very important — no matter what you may do professionally — to keep alive some of the healthy interests of your youth.
Children’s play is not just kids’ stuff. Children’s play is rather the stuff of most future inventions.
The next one is a really nice thought.
One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation.
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.
One kind word
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.
You've already won
In a way, you’ve already won in this world because you’re the only one who can be you.
To be loved
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.
Share with someone who you’d like to be your neighbor!