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.

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. Fred Rogers
One challenge to parents is how to raise loving, trusting children while at the same time instilling a sense of healthy wariness of strangers. Fred Rogers
Being a parent is a complex thing. It involves not only trying to feel what our children are feeling and trying to know just how much to do to help them with what they cannot yet do for themselves, but also trying to know how much not to do. We must also learn to recognize our children's real capacities and respect their need to do things for themselves. Fred Rogers
There's a mystery in raising children: As our children grow and develop their unique talents, we can't control every aspect of their lives. For example, we can offer children music lessons and do all we can to encourage them to appreciate music, but if making music isn't their way of expressing themselves, we have to trust they'll find their own ways. Fred Rogers
Providing a framework doesn't take away children's individuality. In fact, structure generally helps them to be more free because it provides boundaries. It's like a fence that offers security for what can happen inside the enclosure. Respect flourishes best within a clear framework, and it's that framework that can allow us all to express more of who we really are. Fred Rogers
Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone. Fred Rogers
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
Nothing can replace the influence of unconditional love in the life of a child. Fred Rogers
When a child learns to trust that there is a loving caregiver right there to help in rough times, he or she can weather almost any storm— and ultimately be stronger for the experience. Fred Rogers
If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. Fred Rogers