Words matter. These are the best Fred Rogers Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
You know, you don’t have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
Human beings need to feel that they are lovable and capable of loving.
To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
The underlying message of the Neighborhood is that if somebody cares about you, it’s possible that you’ll care about others. ‘You are special, and so is your neighbor’ – that part is essential: that you’re not the only special person in the world. The person you happen to be with at the moment is loved, too.
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.
It’s not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It’s what resides inside.
The more we can be in a relationship with those who might seem strange to us, the more we can feel like we’re neighbors and all members of the human family.
When I first saw children’s television, I thought it was perfectly horrible. And I thought there was some way of using this fabulous medium to be of nurture to those who would watch and listen.
I do think that young children can spot a phony a mile away.
I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.
All of us have special ones who have loved us into being.
One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness.
Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.
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 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.
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.
Love isn’t a perfect state of caring. It’s an active noun, like ‘struggle.’
In my own life, as the nearer I get to the end of life on this earth, the simpler I want to become.