Mr Rogers and his neighborhood
Quotes of the Day for 28 February 2003 – Mr Rogers
For more than thirty years, Fred McFeeley Rogers walked onto the set of Mr Rogers' Neighborhood, set aside his sport coat and put on a red cardigan sweater, and talked straight to America's kids. Yesterday morning, Mr Rogers died of stomach cancer at his Pittsburgh home.
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I feel the greatest gift you can give anyone is your honest self. It's the only unique gift anyone can give.
Of course, I get angry. Of course, I get sad. I have a full range of emotions. I also have a whole smorgasbord of ways of dealing with my feelings. That is what we should give children. Give them ... ways to express their rage without hurting themselves or somebody else. That's what the world needs.
There's a generous current in the American spirit. And if we can simply give voice to that once in a while, I think it's a good message.
We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.
You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.
All I know to do is to light the candle that has been given to me.
- All from Fred McFeely Rogers, 1928 - 2003
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