If you were like most children, you probably grew up with the pleasant sounds of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on your TV. That happy song “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” began, and Mr. Rogers himself came out.
Fred Rogers was the maker of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” that aired from 1968 to 2001. During that time, he taught thousands of children lessons about the world: how to share toys, be kind, and tie shoes. But even more importantly, he taught them that he loved them just the way they were.
But Mr. Rogers did so much more than just host a television show. The values he taught his viewers were ones he honestly believed — and he never forgot them. He’s remembered not just for the lessons on his show, but also for the ways he treated others, both on- and off-camera.
No one can ever forget how he took a stand against racism by inviting Officer Clemmons to cool his feet with him in a wading pool. But that was what Mr. Rogers was all about — changing the world by being kind to our neighbors. Here are 50 quotes from Mr. Rogers to share with your neighbors, whoever they might be.