15 Essential Life Lessons from Mister Rogers

Years ago, I read The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember. It was an amazing book filled with wisdom and insight.

Mister Rogers touched the hearts of many. He was genuine and truly cared about others. Every week, we turned on our TVs and welcomed him into our homes. He taught us much about life, emphasizing the importance of being kind and understanding.

In today’s chaotic world, it is nice to think back on those simpler times and remind ourselves of some universal truths.

The following are a few of those life lessons and snippets of wisdom that stuck out.

Enjoy. 🙂


“Some days doing the best we can may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”
-Pg. 26

“How many times have you noticed that its the little, quiet moments, in the midst of life, that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?”
-Pg. 34

“All our lives, we rework the things from our childhood, like feeling good about ourselves, managing our angry feelings, and being able to say good-bye to people we love.”
-Pg. 39


“Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn’t have to be a lonely kind of thing.”
-Pg. 43

“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices come from a deep sense of who you are.”
-Pg. 44

“I believe it’s a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have. The same holds true for families: It’s not how many people there are in a family that counts, but rather the feelings among the people who are there.”
-Pg. 50


“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.”
-Pg. 54

“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.”
-Pg. 65


“..To err is human. Even good people sometimes do bad things.”
-Pg. 73

“There is only one thing evil cannot stand and that is forgiveness.”
-Pg. 74

“…If we’ve ever wanted someone’s love, then we’ve known what competition really means.”
-Pg. 77

“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.”
-Pg. 90

“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self .”
-Pg. 94

“As different as we are from one another, as unique as each one of us is, we are much more the same than we are different.”
-Pg. 204


“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’.”
-Pg. 208



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