15 Memorable Quotes From Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers taught us so many important lessons

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood debuted in February 1968 and ran until 2001. On this show, Fred Rogers explored various topics for young viewers through presentations, crafts, experiments and music both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood also covered a broad range of topics over the years, and the series did not shy away from issues that other children's programming avoided. Children found comfort knowing they could turn on the television and hear the same songs each episode, and watch Fred Rogers say hello and goodbye, while changing in and out of his signature red sweater and sneakers.

In 2001, PBS debuted a spin-off called Daniel Tigers' Neighborhood targeted at preschool-aged children, based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Fred Rogers is a beloved man who taught important lessons not only to his young viewers, but to adults as well.

Here are 15 memorable quotes from Fred Rogers:

Children's Play

Fred Rogers

“When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”

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.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world."


“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.”

Your Interests

"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."

You are Important

“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.”


“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.”

Confronting 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."


“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.”

Sharing 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.”

Feeling Proud

“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.”

During Times of Stress

“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.”


“Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the others' achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.”

Accepting 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."


“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.”


"Most of us, I believe, admire strength. It's something we tend to respect in others, desire for ourselves, and wish for our children. Sometimes, though, I wonder if we confuse strength and other words--like aggression and even violence. Real strength is neither male nor female; but is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that any human being can possess."

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