18 Iconic Quotes & Inspirational Lessons From Mr. Rogers

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Mr. Fred Rogers, famous for his iconic PBS show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was born on March 20, 1928 in a town called Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As a child, Mr. Rogers was bullied. He was overweight and often referred to as “Fat Freddy”. This caused him to become introverted and spend a lot of time by himself. He learned to play the piano and spent much of his time working with puppets.

He went to Dartmouth College before eventually transferring to Rollins College, where he majored in music composition. He graduated Magna Cum Ludie in 1951.

Rogers wanted to go to seminary school but instead he decided to attempt a career in Television, citing that he hated what was being shown on TV and he wanted to change it. To help it to become more nurturing.

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After graduating, Rogers moved to New York City to work for NBC as a floor runner for an assortment of children’s shows. Two years later in 1953, Rogers moved back to Pennsylvania.

He was hired by a network it Pittsburg as a Program Developer for children’s television programs. Their main focus was a show called Children’s Corner, which Rogers developed, and Josie Carey starred.

This is where rogers first developed puppets that would later become household names, such as Daniel Tiger, King Friday, Queen Sara, X the Owl, Henrietta, and Lady Elaine.

In 1963 CBC Toronto brought Rogers to film a series called Misterogders. It consisted of 15-minute-long black and white episodes. It lasted from 1963 to 1967. It was his first time appearing on screen.

In 1968, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began airing nationally. The show was modified to be a 30-minute-long educational program filled with puppets, learning and love. It was aired by WQED Pittsburgh, which later became PBS.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood eventually aired 865 episodes and ran for 31 years. Its final season aired in 2001.

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In 2002 Rogers was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer. Rogers died on February 27, 2003 with his wife Sara by his side. He was weeks away from turning 75.

Mr. Rogers taught us so many things: He taught us how to love, and be loved. He taught us how to lose and how to succeed. He taught us how to be angry, and how to forgive. But most of all he taught us how to be a good Neighbor.

Take a look at our collection of some of the most iconic, best Mr. Rogers quotes and teachings from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and his personal comments through his life.

1. To love someone is to care for someone.

“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

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2. You are more important than you think you are.

“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

3. What we do is greater than what we have.

“It’s not so much what you have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” —Mr. Rogers

4. People need to feel valued.

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will only achieve it by its people feeling they are worthwhile.” —Mr. Rogers

5. Where there is bad, you can also find good.

“When I was a boy, and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say “Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.”—Mr. Rogers

6. A hero helps those weaker than himself.

"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." —Mr. Rogers

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7. Making the world better is everyones responsibility.

"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."—Mr. Rogers

8. Pride yourself in choosing to be selfless.

"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 somebody else." —Mr. Rogers

9. Pain bears growth.

"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

10. You can’t control your feelings, only what you do with your feelings.

"There's no 'should' or 'should not' when it comes to having feelings. They're part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings."—Mr. Rogers

11. Peace is more valuable than a simple definition.

“Peace means far more than the opposite of war.” —Mr. Rogers

12. Solitude is not a bad thing.

“Solitude is different than loneliness; it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.” —Mr. Rogers

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13. Teach young to be better than you were

“One of the great dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation.' —Mr. Rogers

14. It is harder to forgive the people we love.

"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

15. Love is confusing.

“Understanding love is the hardest thing in the world” — Mr. Rogers

16. Love is the soil for growth.

“I don’t think anyone can grow, unless he is loved exactly how he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.” —Mr. Rogers

17. Tell the world who you are in your own way.

“We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of telling the world who we are.” — Mr. Rogers

18. Make the right choice look like the easy choice.

“Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you will ever be given.” — Mr. Rogers

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Kaitlin Kaiser is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care, spirituality and astrology.