110+ Best Fred Rogers Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Fred McFeely Rogers was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, an educational children’s show that aired. Inspirational wise Fred Rogers quotes will give you hope for the world again and improve your whole day.

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Most Famous Fred Rogers Quotes

Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go. – Fred Rogers

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. – Fred Rogers

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. – Fred Rogers

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. – Fred Rogers

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. – Fred Rogers

Real strength has to do with helping others. – Fred Rogers

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

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. – Fred Rogers

You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you. – Fred Rogers

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. – Fred Rogers

I recently learned that in an average lifetime a person walks about sixty-five thousand miles. That’s two and a half times around the world. I wonder where your steps will take you. I wonder how you’ll use the rest of the miles you’re given. – Fred Rogers

At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service. – Fred Rogers

I think everybody longs to be loved and longs to know that he or she is lovable and, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving. – Fred Rogers

A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved. – 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. – Fred Rogers

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self. – Fred Rogers

Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind. – Fred Rogers

We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are. – Fred Rogers

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers

Love begins with listening. – 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 older I get, the more convinced I am that the space between people who are trying their best to understand each other is hallowed ground. – Fred Rogers

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

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

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

I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline. – Fred Rogers

I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred. – Fred Rogers

He was an enormous talent, and for him to have been able to offer that to children through the neighborhood all through these years was a great gift, – Fred Rogers

What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our wishes? Lots of things, and it may take months or years for wish to come true, but it’s far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you’ll do all you can to make it happen. – Fred Rogers

I thought there was some way of using this fabulous instrument to be of nurture to those who would watch and listen, – Fred Rogers

When I saw the toy piano on one of the pages, that was it! – Fred Rogers

Sometimes people are good, and they do just what they should. But the very same people who are good sometimes are the very same people who are bad sometimes. It’s funny but it’s true. Its the same isn’t it, for me and. – Fred Rogers

The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted – 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. – Fred Rogers

I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. – Fred Rogers

It’s a miracle when we finally discover whom we’re best equipped to serve. – Fred Rogers

For children, play is exceedingly seriously & important – Fred Rogers

The gifts we treasure most over the years are often small and simple. In easy times and tough times, what seems to matter most is the way we show those nearest us that we’ve been listening to their needs, to their joys, and to their challenges. – Fred Rogers

Imagining 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. – Fred Rogers

Silence is so powerful, so important. There is so much to be learned from it. – Fred Rogers

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

All life events are formative. All contribute to what we become, year by year, as we go on growing. As my friend the poet Kenneth Koch once said, you aren’t just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been! – Fred Rogers

Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying. – Fred Rogers

I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. – Fred Rogers

I don’t want to eat anything that has a mother – Fred Rogers

We Don’t always succeed in what we try, certainly not by the world’s standards, but I think you’ll find it’s the willingness to keep trying that matters most. – Fred Rogers

Development comes from within. Nature does not hurry but advances slowly. – Fred Rogers

Deep within us-no matter who we are-there lives a feeling of wanting to be lovable, of wanting to be the kind of person that others like to be with. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving. – Fred Rogers

I like you just the way you are. – Fred Rogers

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

In appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred. – Fred Rogers

My hope for all of us is that ‘the miles we go before we sleep’ will be filled with all the feelings that come from deep caring–delight, sadness, joy, wisdom–and that in all the endings of our life, we will be able to see the new beginnings. – Fred Rogers

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.’ – Fred Rogers

This evening is as brief as the twinkling of an eye yet such twinklings is what eternity is made of. – Fred Rogers

I got into television because I hated it so, – Fred Rogers

There’s always someone who is trying to help. – Fred Rogers

I wonder if we might pledge ourselves to remember what life is really all about—not to be afraid that we’re less flashy than the next, not to worry that our influence is not that of a tornado, but rather that of a grain of sand in an oyster! Do we have that kind of patience? – Fred Rogers

The values we care about the deepest, and the movements within society that support those values, command our love. When those things that we care about so deeply become endangered, we become enraged. And what a healthy thing that is! Without it, we would never stand up and speak out for what we believe. – Fred Rogers

Our children are extensions of ourselves in ways our parents are not, nor our brothers and sisters, nor our spouses. – Fred Rogers

If your trusted and people will allow you to share their inner garden what better gift? – Fred Rogers

Those of us who are in this world to educate-to care for-young children have a special calling: a calling that has very little to do with the collection of expensive possessions but has a lot to do with worth inside of heads and hearts. – Fred Rogers

Our worlds needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction. – Fred Rogers

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me. – Fred Rogers

Of course, I get angry. Of course, I get sad. I have a full range of emotions. I also have a whole smorgasbord of ways of dealing with my feelings. That is what we should give children. Give them ways to express their rage without hurting themselves or somebody else. That’s what the world needs. – Fred Rogers

I have really never considered myself a TV star. I always thought I was a neighbor who just came in for a visit. – Fred Rogers

Fame is a four-letter word. And like tape, or zoom, or face, or pain, or love, or life, what ultimately matters is what we do with it. – Fred Rogers

The real drama of life is never centerstage. It’s always in the wings. – Fred Rogers

It’s a mistake to think that we have to be lovely to be loved by human beings or by God – Fred Rogers

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

The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness. – Fred Rogers

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

Play is really the work of childhood – Fred Rogers

[I]f we can bring our children understanding, comfort, and hopefulness when they need this kind of support, then they are more likely to grow into adults who can find these resources within themselves later on. (from the introduction) – Fred Rogers

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

I doubt that we can ever successfully impose values or attitudes or behaviors on our children certainly not by threat, guilt, or punishment. But I do believe they can be induced through relationships where parents and children are growing together. Such relationships are, I believe, build on trust, example, talk, and caring. – Fred Rogers

When we leave our child in nursery school for the first time, it won’t be just our child’s feelings about separation that we will have to cope with, but our own feelings as well-from our present and from our past, parents are extra vulnerable to new tremors from old earthquakes. – Fred Rogers

Parenting forces us to get to know ourselves better than we ever might have imagined we could–and in many new ways… We’ll discover talents we never dreamed we had and fervently wish for others at moments we feel we desperately need them. As time goes on, we’ll probably discover that we have more to give and can give more than we ever imagined. But we’ll also find that there are limits to our giving, and that may be hard for us to accept. – Fred Rogers

We’ve forgotten what it’s like not to be able to reach the light switch. We’ve forgotten a lot of the monsters that seemed to livein our room at night. Nevertheless, those memories are still there, somewhere inside us, and can sometimes be brought to the surface by events, sights, sounds, or smells. Children, though, can never have grown-up feelings until they’ve been allowed to do the growing. – Fred Rogers

It’s important to know when we need to stop, reflect, and receive. In our competitive world, that might be called a waste of time. – Fred Rogers

Perhaps we think that we won’t find another human being inside that person. Perhaps we think that there are some people in this world who I can’t ever communicate with, and so I’ll just give up before I try. And how sad it is to think that we would give up on any other creature who’s just like us. – 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. – 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. – Fred Rogers

One way to think about play, is as the process of finding new combinations for known things–combinations that may yield new forms of expression, new inventions, new discoveries, and new solutions….It’s exactly what children’s play seems to be about and explains why so many people have come to think that children’s play is so important a part of childhood–and beyond. – Fred Rogers

There are many things children accept asgrown-up thingsover when they have no control and for which they have no responsibility–for instance, weddings, having babies, buying houses, and driving cars. Parents who are separating really need to help their children put divorce on that grown-up list, so that children do not see themselves as the cause of their parents’ decision to live apart. – Fred Rogers

Love isn’t a perfect state of caring… – Fred Rogers

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. – 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. – Fred Rogers

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine; could you be mine? – Fred Rogers

Very early in our children’s lives we will be forced to realize that theperfectuntroubled life we’d like for them is just a fantasy. In daily living, tears and fights and doing things we don’t want to do are all part of our human ways of developing into adults. – Fred Rogers

Parents find many different ways to work their way through the assertiveness of their two-year-olds, but seeing that assertiveness as positive energy being directed toward growth as a competent individual may open up some new possibilities. – Fred Rogers

It’s not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It’s what resides inside. – Fred Rogers

More and more I’ve come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another. Whether the other be an adult or a child, our engagement in listening to who that person is can often be our greatest gift. Whether that person is speaking or playing or dancing, building or singing or painting, if we care, we can listen. – Fred Rogers

It is one of the paradoxes of parenting, and often a painful paradox, that even as our children need us for love and trust, they also need us for honest differing. It’s not only over limits and rules…[but also] about what we represent in the way of culture, traditions, and values. We owe it to our children to let them know what we believe, and if they differ with us, we owe it to them to be honest adversaries, for it is through this honest confrontation that children can grow into adults who have a firm sense of their place in the sequence of the generations. – Fred Rogers

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

The roots of a child’s ability to cope and thrive, regardless of circumstance, lie in that child’s having had at least a small, safe place (an apartment? a room? a lap?) in which, in the companionship of a loving person, that child could discover that he or she was lovable and capable of loving in return. If a child finds this during the first years of life, he or she can grow up to be a competent, healthy person. – Fred Rogers

And those handmade presents that children often bring home from school: They have so much value! The value is that the child put whatever he or she could into making them. The way we parents respond to the giving of such gifts is very important. To the child the gift is really self, and they want so much for their selves to be acceptable, to be loved. – 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 discipline–from us and eventually from themselves. – Fred Rogers

Love is at the root of all healthy discipline. The desire to be loved is a powerful motivation for children to behave in ways that give their parents pleasure rather than displeasure. it may even be our own long-ago fear of losing our parents’ love that now sometimes makes us uneasy about setting and maintaining limits. We’re afraid we’ll lose the love of our children when we don’t let them have their way. – Fred Rogers

Anything mentionable is manageable. – Fred Rogers

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

It’s not always easy for a father to understand the interests and ways of his son. It seems the songs of our children may be in keys we’ve never tried. The melody of each generation emerges from all that’s gone before. Each one of us contributes in some unique way to the composition of life. – Fred Rogers

I don’t believe that children can develop in a healthy way unless they feel that they have value apart from anything they own or any skill that they learn. They need to feel they enhance the life of someone else, that they are needed. Who, better than parents, can let them know that? – Fred Rogers

Children who have learned to be comfortably dependent can become not only comfortably independent but also comfortable with having people depend on them. They can lean, stand, and be leaned upon, because they know what a good feeling it can be to feel needed. – Fred Rogers

Often, problems are knots with many strands, and looking at those strands can make a problem seem different. – Fred Rogers

This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end each program by saying, ‘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.’ And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service. – Fred Rogers

To say that you are being carried is a declaration of enormous faith and hope. – Fred Rogers

If the grain of wheat could know fear, it would be paralyzed with anxiety at the thought of being dropped in the ground, covered over, put out of sight, doomed to inactivity, yet what a glorious harvest awaits it! – Fred Rogers

Feelings about money — saving and spending, holding back and letting go — start very early in our lives. Stingy people have often been forced to give when they were very, very young, when they weren’t ready. And generous people have often been really appreciated when they were very young. – 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. – 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! – Fred Rogers

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