Fred Rogers Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Fred Rogers quotes, Fred Rogers sayings, and Fred Rogers proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The way you would draw a tree is different from the way anyone else would draw a tree-- and that's the way it's supposed to be. Fred Rogers
So, at the root of all art and science there exists a gap-- a gap between what the world is like and what the human creator wishes and hopes for it to be like. Our unique way of bridging that gap in each of our lives seems to me to be the essence of the reason for human creativity. Fred Rogers
What if I were very, very sad / And all I did was smile? / I wonder after a while / What might become of my sadness? Fred Rogers
There is a time when things with holes seem particularly fascinating. That's not surprising. The baby's own mouth is an important source of information and comfort in the early weeks and months of life. Fred Rogers
Grandparents can be very special resources. Just being close to them reassures a child, without words, about change and continuity, about what went before and what will come after. Fred Rogers
Grandparents are both our past and our future. In some ways they are what has gone before, and in others they are what we will become. Fred Rogers
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
There have always been times when children wished for superhuman powers. Cave children probably pretended to be superhunters, just as children today pretend about being superstrong or superfast. Fred Rogers
But if there's a school bus, there needs to be a school! Fred Rogers
When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed Fred Rogers
Being supportive often means waiting and listening and more waiting until you're better able to understand the drama. 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. Fred Rogers
Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated. Fred Rogers
Superheroes are fascinating to many children, and we can help them know it's not an imaginary superself but each person's real self that does the really important things in life Fred Rogers
If a child is confronted with murder, rape, domestic violence, and other kinds of destructive aggression in daily life, it doesn't surprise me if that child 'turns off' careful looking and listening. Fred Rogers
I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline. Fred Rogers
Hurrying up and using a lot of shortcuts doesn’t get us very far at all. Fred Rogers
But if there's a school bus, there needs to be a school! Fred Rogers
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
Whether the other is an adult or a child, our engagement in listening to who that person is can often be our greatest gift to that person. Whether that person is speaking or playing or dancing, building, or singing or painting, if we care we can do our best to listen. Fred Rogers
Listening and trying to understand the needs of those we would communicate with seems to me to be the essential prerequisite of any real communication. And we might as well aim for real communication. Fred Rogers
Development comes from within. Nature does not hurry but advances slowly. Fred Rogers
As a child grows from creeping to standing up and walking...it's as though all of the child's energies are bound into that huge task of getting up and walking. Fred Rogers
We need to remember that children are trying, too—trying to understand their feelings and their world, trying to please the people they love, trying to grow. When grown-ups and children are trying together, just about anything can be possible. Fred Rogers
What seems to help parents most is trying to distinguish what is possible for their children and what isn't. Fred Rogers
When I see a baby quietly staring at his or her own hands... or a toddler off in a corner putting something into a cup and then taking it out, over and over again... or a preschooler lying in the grass daydreaming, I like to think that they, in their own ways, are "alone in the best room" of their houses, using the solitude they need to find the courage to grow. Fred Rogers
The bond between baby or toddler and its mother is potentially very strong. It can stand a great deal of competition. Fred Rogers
We need to help people 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 roots of a child's ability to cope and thrive, regardless of circumstance, lie in that child's having had at least a small, safe place in which, in the companionship of a loving person, that child could discover that he or she was lovable and capable of loving in return. Fred Rogers
Shyness isn't something that just children feel. Anybody can feel shy. And one reason we feel that way is that we're not sure other people will like us just the way we are. Fred Rogers