There are a few people who, when they speak, everyone stops and listens. For me, Mister Rogers is one.
Living in Pittsburgh, you notice his influence wherever you go. He’s from here. Walking through a Barnes and Noble, I found this book. Before I realized that it was a book of his quotes, I was already in line to for purchase.
Here’s some good ones:
“It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life that ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is firm.”
“Most of us, I believe, admire strength. It’s something we tend to respect in others, desire for ourselves, and wish for our children. Sometimes, though, I wonder if we confuse strength with other words – like aggression and even violence. Real strength is neither male nor female; but it is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that any human being can possess.”
“There are times all during life when we need the inner resources to keep ourselves busy and productive all by ourselves.”
“Whether we’re a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know we’re acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.”
I found this book in the bargain by section, but I felt like I bought little gems. If you find this, don’t hesitate. Fork over the cash, sit in a lounge chair, and let Mister Rogers make your day. Check out the book here.