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'The World According to Mister Rogers'

<I>The World According to Mister Rogers</I>
The World According to Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers often spoke of kindness, thoughtfulness -- and of course neighborliness -- on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the children's show he hosted for over 30 years. NPR's Susan Stamberg interviews his widow, Joanne Rogers, about a new book of his sayings and advice.

Following are selected quotes from The World According to Mister Rogers.

Book Excerpts

Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort.

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I remember after my grandfather's death, seeing Dad in the hall with tears streaming down his face. I don't think I had ever seen him cry before. I'm glad I did see him. It helped me know that it was okay for men to cry. Many years later, when my father himself died, I cried; and way down deep I knew he would have said it was all right.

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When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others.

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The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

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More and more I've come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another. Whether the other be an adult or a child, our engagement in listening to who that person is can often be our greatest gift. Whether that person is speaking or playing or dancing, building or singing or painting, if we care, we can listen.

From The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember, Copyright © Family Communications, Inc.

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Susan Stamberg
Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is a special correspondent for NPR.
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