These quotes from Mr. Rogers

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It's not gonna surprise any of you that Mr. Rogers is one of my heroes. He's in my life to stay. My husband even made a reference to him in our wedding vows. (I will spare Mr. Rogers the slight indignity of sharing it here.)

Like so many others, I grew up with him. He spoke to me, not over me. He wanted me to be a good person. He was even willing to tell and show me how in ways I could understand. 

A ways back I came across these quotes from him that really got my attention. They're about how we can help each other and ourselves to be better people. I saved them, just to have. But — in thinking of what nice thing I'd share this week — I realized they're much better shared. Mr. Rogers says hi. 

“At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.”
― Fred Rogers
“Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given.”
― Fred Rogers
“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.” 
― Fred Rogers

“Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.” 
― Fred Rogers


“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.” 
― Fred Rogers
“I believe that at the center of the universe there dwells a loving spirit who longs for all that’s best in all of creation, a spirit who knows the great potential of each planet as well as each person, and little by little will love us into being more than we ever dreamed possible. That loving spirit would rather die than give up on any one of us.”
― Fred Rogers