10 Priceless Quotations From Everyone’s Favorite Neighbor – Mr. Rogers!

In February of 2003, a simple, humble Presbyterian minister passed away in the quiet of his home from cancer, a disease that often does take the elderly just as this gray man was. In most instances, such an event wouldn’t merit mention save the church bulletin. But this man was Fred Rogers. For over three decades, Mister Rogers welcomed countless children through four generations into his neighborhood. His speech at the 1997 Emmy Awards Gala accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award remains one of the most humble and humbling things ever seen on television. Here are ten more quotes from the greatest neighbor we’ll ever have.

“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.”

“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.