[Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003)]

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” aired from 1968 to 2001.

  • “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. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
  • “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
  • “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.”
  • “Imagine every person that you see is somewhat different from every other person in the world. Some can do some things, some can do others.”
  • “Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”
  •  “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.”
  • “We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love.  Love is generally confused with dependence.  Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.”
  • “The connections we make in the course of a life–maybe that’s what heaven is.”
  • “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which 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 good stuff.”
  • “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
    A beautiful day for a neighbor.
    Would you be mine?
    Could you be mine?…
    It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
    A neighborly day for a beauty.
    Would you be mine?
    Could you be mine?…I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
    I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
    Since we’re together we might as well say:
    Would you be mine?
    Could you be mine?
    Won’t you be my neighbor?

    Won’t you please,
    Won’t you please?
    Please won’t you be my neighbor?”

  • “Forgiveness is a strange thing. It can sometimes be easier to forgive our enemies than our friends. It can be hardest of all to forgive people we love. Like all of life’s important coping skills, the ability to forgive and the capacity to let go of resentments most likely take root very early in our lives.”
Here is the auto-tuned remix created by John D. Boswell, the musical maestro also responsible for a series of YouTube videos of autotuned scientists called “Symphony of Science.”

And the lyrics…

Hi, Neighbor. Welcome again to this neighborhood, I’d like to show you something. You know what this is?  Maybe if I press this button.  This is a cassette player with a little cassette in here.  And there’s nothing written on it.  So we’ll just have to play it to see what it is.

Do you ever imagine things?  Are they scary things? 
Do you ever imagine things?  Things you’d like to have?
Do you ever see a cat’s eyes in the dark and wonder what they were? 
Do you ever pretend about things like that before? 
Did you ever grow anything in your garden of your mind?
You can grow ideas in your garden of your mind?

It’s good to be curious about many things.
You can think about things and make believe
All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.

Imagine every person that you see is somewhat different from every other person in the world.
Some can do something
Some can do others
Did you ever think about the many things you learned to do

Did you ever grow anything in your garden of your mind?
You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.

It’s good to be curious about many things.
You can think about things and make believe
All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.

Did you feel like going like that (finger snap)
Let’s give the fish some food.
Mr. McFeely, I didn’t order any whistles.

That’s what they call baseline.
Did you feel like going like that? (finger snap)

There are some many things to learn about in this world
And so many people who can help us learn

Did you ever grow anything in your garden of your mind?
You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.

It’s good to be curious about many things.
You can think about things and make believe
All you have to do is think
You can think about things and make believe
All you have to do is think and they’ll grow.

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