Quotes of Fred Rogers

“ Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ 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. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ The connections we make in the course of a life – maybe that’s what heaven is. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ I’ve come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another… if we care, we can listen. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ 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. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ I just feel that there isn’t enough silence, you know, and I’m always asking people if they can just give some silence. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ You can choose to let this thing bother you or let this be an adventure and welcome the challenge. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ There are times when explanations, no matter how reasonable, just don’t seem to help. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ There is no person in this whole world who is a mistake, no matter how different that person may seem. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ When your heart can cry another’s sadness, then your heart is full of love. ”

- 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 only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Part of the problem with the word 'disabilities' is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can't feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren't able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ The connections we make in the course of a lifemaybe that's what heaven is. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone. ”

- 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

“ 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. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ 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. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?... It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood, A neighborly day for a beauty. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?... I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. So, let's make the most of this beautiful day. Since we're together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor? Won't you please, Won't you please? Please won't you be my neighbor? ”

- Fred Rogers

“ Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past. ”

- Fred Rogers

“ I believe that at the center of the universe there dwells a loving spirit who longs for all that’s best in all of creation, a spirit who knows the great potential of each planet as well as each person, and little by little will love us into being more than we ever dreamed possible. That loving spirit would rather die than give up on any one of us. ”

- Fred Rogers
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