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The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

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A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the beloved PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by Hachette Books (first published 2003)
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Mary Tuley
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!
I don't think the world will ever recuperate from losing Mr. Rogers. ...more
Richard Derus
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the man who has been a friend to generations of Americans There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved Ameri
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it

A short while ago, Goodreads "went spooky on me." I received a GR email notifying me that "Nick" liked my 1-14-11 review of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS. Not knowing Nick, I decided to click on the link and look at Nick's profile. Nick's profile photo was not among the photos of other GR members who had "liked" this review; and looking at my notifications, I saw that, according to the list, there had been no notification concerning Nick's liking my review. So
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When I told my husband what I was reading, he snickered a little bit. What am I supposed to learn from a children's television show host? Surprisingly, quite a bit. I saved several quotes from his books and was amazed at what he had discovered in his lifetime. I actually feel as though I learned a few things from reading this, and that really helps make a book worth reading to me.

This was one of my favorite quotes from this book {which can be found on page 25}:

Tom Emanuel
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I just reread this beautiful little book, and I include this on my spirituality shelf because I sincerely believe Fred Rogers is one of the best theologians of the 20th century. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and he understood what he did with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as his ministry, his gentle, loving service to his neighbor and thereby to his God. And he lived that service in every aspect of his life. This collection of quotations from possibly the nicest man to have ever lived ...more
A sweet jewel of a book with anecdotes and quotes by Fred Roger. This was published after his death in 2003. He was a remarkable man who cared deeply for all children. There is so much in this little book that needs deeper thought and contemplation and I wanted to put these quotes down. They were arranged under 4 chapters which neatly sum up major themes of Mr Rogers' life: Courage to be Yourself, Love, Inner Discipline, and Neighbors.

Quotes to remember:

Chapter 1: Courage to be Yourself

I believe
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Mr Rogers was truly to good for this world.
Andrea Fleury
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet books. Quotes from Fred himself. I loved it .But then again anything about or from him I adore.
May 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I was expecting this book to have been written more at a child’s level (or at least a level for parent and child read together), but it is most definitely aimed at adults. I sat down with this book intending to read it straight through, like a novel, but I realized it isn’t meant to be read in one or two long sittings. To do so does not provide the time needed to think about what Mr. Rogers is trying to say. If I had it to do over again, I’d read a page a day.
Lesley Looper
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood fans
Shelves: 2009
This was a quick, enjoyable read, which took me down Memory Lane over lunch! I enjoyed the stories, quotes, and lyrics shared in this book, as well as the forward written by his wife, and the short biography of Fred Rogers in the back.
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
I breezed through 'The World According to Mister Rogers' by the late, great Fred Rogers. I loved it so much I also read 'Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers.' Both are books of maxims, aphorisms, and (a few) lyrics to the songs from his show. A saint, if we ever had one, in this modern age. All my life, all my books, all my searching, all my conclusions, mostly here, in some form or another – his conclusions I may differ from, but his fundamentals are inviolable. His essential goodness hu ...more
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Classic Mr. Rogers from my childhood. This gem for people raising children or needing to be reminded why that Dr. Fred Rogers made people feel better about themselves. This is the book that should be required reading in public & private schools while children are growing up and also a book for the home to help in making good children.

The fact that new Disney has raised a generation of selfish tweens to twenty-some makes me sad and I wonder why that Mr. Rogers was pulled off the air. PBS and pub
April Thompson
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know that one (maybe more if you're lucky) person that has made such an impression on you in your life that you want to change yourself for the better and strive to live your life differently with a much more open mind or better outlook on life? For me, I do have that person. Actually I'm lucky enough to have two people. My Aunt Mary and Nanna (Aunt Judy) have shown me that life is about making mistakes and learning from them, loving life as best as you can and being optimistic in a sea of a ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My in-laws gave me this book for Christmas, and I love it. For whatever reason, I did not watch Mr. Rogers when I was little, so I only learned how wonderful he was as an older adult. So I was delighted with this gift, and feel sure I will reread this book -- since it is a short volume of short quotes, it will be easy to dip in from time to time or read the whole thing again, whenever I feel like a bit of uplift. Here's page 34:

All life events are formative. All contribute to what we become, yea
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: This book is made up of short quotes and anecdotes taken from the life of Mister Rogers and his television show. The quotes are grouped into four topics: The courage to be yourself, Understanding love, The challenges of inner discipline and We are all neighbors.

My Review: Not much to say about this one, other than the sayings all give a nice outlook on life and my respect for Mister Rogers has increased since reading it.
Ashley FL
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Short quotes from Mr. Rogers. He was a very wise man. Nothing exciting or earth-shattering, but a good, quiet reminder of the right way to live.
Eli Poteet
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wisdom, kids-corner
This is the best book I have read all year.
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
👌🏼this guy was a special person.
Garrison Kelly
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the host of the longest running PBS show in history, Fred Rogers inspired entire generations of viewers with messages of love and wisdom. He didn’t have one mean bone in his body. He wasn’t judgmental. He knew that every child had importance, every child had potential, and every child was deserving of love. Love didn’t always mean being one hundred percent agreeable all the time, but it was always an unconditional feeling that every person should experience in their lifetime. Fred Rogers pass ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I loved this book! It’s just a compilation of many of Mr. Roger’s quotes on life, children, discipline, love, self-love and courage. You can just pick it up and read a quote or two and ponder, or you can read a whole section and get a more full picture of his feelings on a topic. There are many things to admire about Mr. Rogers, but one of the things I admire most is that he is proof of the struggle we all feel throughout our lives. On the outside it seems he’s got it all together, but underneat ...more
Luke Reynolds
I received this as a graduation gift from my choir teacher. He left a really awesome note on the first page, and I almost started crying because it was super touching and sweet. This book followed suit.

Fred Rogers seems like such a phenomenal person. His musings on discipline, love, and courage are simple but have so much power to them. Here are a few from my favorite section on love.

"Understanding love is one of the hardest things in the world."

"Deep within us-no matter who we are-there lives a
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
With the Mr. Rogers movie coming out next month, I decided to brush up on the person who was likely my first hero. I grew up on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and was truly baffled when my sons didn't also love Mr. Rogers. Luckily my daughter in law does love Mr. Rogers. We are going to go see the movie together. The son is welcome, IF he is respectful of Mr. Rogers, or I'll make him watch several episodes in a row!

What I liked about this book was that it was Mr. Rogers to the core: earnest, sweet a
Ricky McConnell
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great inspirational book. It is broken down into four sections, The courage to be yourself, understanding love, the challenges of Inner discipline, we are all neighbors. This book will give you hope and encouragement when you need it. Maybe make you a little more patient with your kids or grandkids, and give you guidance in everyday affairs. I highly recommend that you get a hard copy, or electronic copy, instead of listening to it on audio. It is something that needs to be read over a ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This would make a lovely gift. Just as Mister Rogers did on his show, this timeless collection warms the soul and makes you think/ponder/wonder about your own life and the lives of others. These short quotes and mini stories remind us that we need to try and understand one another better, how to deal with emotions and that love and acceptance are paramount every single day. I enjoyed the short forward by his wife and all four sections: The Courage to Be Yourself, Understanding Love, The Challeng ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I could hear the kind and wise “voice” of Mister Rogers in this small book. Some favorite quotes: “Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.” “ 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.” “Human relationships are primary in all of living. When the gusty winds blow and shake our lives, if we know that people care about us, we may bend with the wind…but we won’t break.” I lo ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
A wonderful, highly recommended listen on my trip to GA for Christmas 🎄 2019. I now plan or ordering the book. So much wisdom for living here. One if my personal heroes and someone I desire to emulate. I want a copy for my bedside to read and reflect on every night. I especially enjoyed the beginning by Fred Rogers wife. Love her too! How lucky she is to have spent the better part of her life with someone like Fred.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many good quotes, but I have a few I want easy access to..

"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."

"Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying "I love you" is being a receptive listener. "

"Imagining something may be the firs
Daria Marshall
Mister Rogers was one of my heroes growing up. I would rush home from school and want to watch his show. This book is just a reminder of how much I love him and how we can all still learn from him. I just know that this will become a book I re-read many times when I need a pick me up.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice little collection of Mr. Rogers quotes that is probably best enjoyed a page or two at a time. Would make a sweet gift for someone who grew up with his TV show (I received it for Christmas a few years ago myself).
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the last books I bought when Hastings closed. Thought it was appropriate to read it on National Kindness Day. What a special guy Mister Rogers was❤
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