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Shed a Little Light with Mister Rogers

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With all the hardships we’re always hearing about on the news or on social media, the world can seem like a dark and depressing place. At Edlandria, our beautiful apartments in Alexandria, VA, we think it’s time to shed a little light and lift a few smiles. What better way to do this than by quoting Mister Rogers?

Fred Rogers, a musician, puppeteer, writer, and minister touched the lives of countless individuals all over the world. His life truly left a positive impression on many people. Last year marked the release of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, an exploration of Fred Rogers’ life and legacy. To celebrate this movie and his life, we’re sharing some of our favorite Fred Rogers quotes. Wherever you are, these quotes are sure to inspire!

Favorite Quotes from Fred Rogers:

“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.”

“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.’”

“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.”

“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.”

“Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.”

“The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others.”