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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

Maxwell King

Top 10 Best Quotes

“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.”

“Mister Rogers speaks directly into the camera to the little children who are quietly, intently watching: “It helps to say that you’re sad. Often it even helps to cry . . . let people know how you feel.” This is Rogers’s signature message: feelings are all right, whatever is mentionable is manageable, however confusing and scary life may become. Even with death and loss and pain, it’s okay to feel all of it, and then go on.”

“You don't set out to be rich and famous; you set out to be helpful.”

“It always helps to have people we love beside us when we have to do difficult things in life. —FRED ROGERS”

“The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.”

“What a difference one person can make in the life of another. It's almost as if he had said, 'I like you just the way you are.' - Fred Rogers”

“His lesson is as simple and direct as Fred was: Human kindness will always make life better.”

“Our job in life,” he said at a graduation ceremony at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, early in his career, in 1969, “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 which 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.”

“The directions weren't written in invisible ink on the back of my diploma. They came ever so slowly for me; and ever so firmly I trusted that they would emerge. All I can say is, it's worth the struggle to discover who you really are.”

“Good people aren't always good. They just try to be.”

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