Today (March 20) is the birthday of Fred McFeely Rogers, beloved of children for his gentle, encouraging Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. I was not a child when I watched it, but still I loved King Friday, Queen Sara, and especially X the Owl – among others – as well as the human folk, such as the always hurrying mailman Mr. McFeely.

Fred Rogers was a Presbyterian minister, and a songwriter, besides creating and hosting his television series. You may not know he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and some forty honorary degrees. One of his trademark sweaters is on display in the Smithsonian.

Rogers also gave us many great quotes. Here are a sample.

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.

There’s no “should” or “should not” when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings.

As human beings, our job in life 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 that 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.

Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.

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.

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

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.

I hope you found encouragement from this gentle man today. The world was richer because he lived.

Find nearly 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list at http://www.quotelady.com.

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