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At a time when the world is in crisis as we endure a pandemic that most countries were unprepared for, it is important to stay home, and to try to find hope in the positive. These uplifting quotes from Mister Rogers will help shed a little light on your day.
Fred Rogers was the type of man that helped others see that there’s bright places even in the darkest of times. He was the creator and host of the television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.
Mr. Rogers was an inspiration to many. His show highlighted the importance of teaching children about the world and how to deal with hard things. By sharing his wisdom with families through the TV, he helped many feel not so alone.
I hope these quotes from Mister Rogers help you find a sliver of hope in a dark day, and help you realize how important you are.
QUOTES FROM MISTER ROGERS
“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.”“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.” -Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“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.”'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. RogersClick To Tweet
“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.”“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.” - Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“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.”“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.” - Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“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.”“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.” - Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“Children feel safer when they know what the rules are.”“Children feel safer when they know what the rules are.” - Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“The world is not always a kind place. That’s something all children learn for themselves, whether we want them to or not, but it’s something they really need our help to understand.”'The world is not always a kind place. That's something all children learn for themselves, whether we want them to or not, but it's something they really need our help to understand.' - Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?”'How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?' - Mr. RogersClick To Tweet
“Real strength has to do with helping others.”'Real strength has to do with helping others.' - Mister RogersClick To Tweet
“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.”
“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.”
“The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they’re generally not the ones being touted in the news.”
“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.”
“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.”
“You can’t really love someone else unless you really love yourself first.”
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.”
“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.”
“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”
“Nobody else can live the life you live.”
“It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.”
“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.”
“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.“
“Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”
“It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.”
“Imagining something 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.”
“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.”
“No child is born with self-discipline.”
“What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.”
“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”
“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.”
“You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.”
“It’s not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It’s what resides inside.”
“Human beings need to feel that they are lovable and capable of loving.”
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
“The number 143 means ‘I love you.’ It takes one letter to say ‘I’ and four letters to say ‘love’ and three letters to say ‘you.’ One hundred and forty-three. ‘I love you.’ Isn’t that wonderful?”
“The whole idea is to look at the television camera and present as much love as you possibly could to a person who might feel that he or she needs it.”
“If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what ‘good’ parenting means.”
“One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness.”
“Just because somebody wants to be alone sometimes, it doesn’t mean they don’t love you.”
“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’re loved and capable of loving.”
“When we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.”
“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.”
“Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.”
“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.”
“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 feelings.'”
“I’m proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done.”
“Relationships are like dances in which people try to find whatever happens to be the mutual rhythm in their lives.”
“It always helps to have people we love beside us when we have to do difficult things in life.”
Movies about Mr. Rogers:
Watch Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” on Amazon Prime.
Watch the documentary about Mister Rogers “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Amazon Prime.
Books about Mr. Rogers: