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The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers
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“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“It's very dramatic when two people come together to work something out. It's easy to take a gun and annihilate your opposition, but what is really exciting to me is to see people with differing views come together and finally respect each other.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“What's been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness.
A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You're MUCH more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're "equally infinite." Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements... and into dreams that we can make come true.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn't have to be a lonely kind of thing.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Whatever we choose to imagine can be as private as we want it to be. Nobody knows what you're thinking or feeling unless you share it.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“A young apprentice applied to a master carpenter for a job. The older man asked him, "Do you know your trade?" "Yes, sir!" the young man replied proudly. "Have you ever made a mistake?" the older man inquired. "No, sir!" the young man answered, feeling certain he would get the job. "Then there's no way I'm going to hire you," said the master carpenter, "because when you make one, you won't know how to fix it.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Music is the one art we all have inside. We may not be able to play an instrument, but we can sing along or clap or tap our feet. Have you ever seen a baby bouncing up and down in the crib in time to some music? When you think of it, some of that baby's first messages from his or her parents may have been lullabies, or at least the music of their speaking voices. All of us have had the experience of hearing a tune from childhood and having that melody evoke a memory or a feeling. The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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 with other words—like 'aggression' and even 'violence'. Real strength is neither male nor female; but it is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that a human being can possess.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Real strength has to do with helping others.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“Kenneth Koch once said, “You aren’t just the age you are. You are all the ages you ever have been!”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers
“It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life that 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 firm.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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?”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister 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, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember
“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.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers

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