Fred Rogers: Love is at the root of everything - all learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it. And what we see and hear on the screen is part of who we become.
Fred Rogers: The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.
Fred Rogers: From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So, on this extra special day, let's take some time to think of those extra special people. Some of them may be right here, some may be far away. Some may even be in heaven. No matter where they are, deep down you know they've always wanted what was best for you. They've always cared about you beyond measure and have encouraged you to be true to the best within you. Let's just take a minute of silence to think about those people now.
Fred Rogers: Well, I suppose it's an invitation, "Won't you be my neighbor?" It's an invitation for somebody to be close to you.
Fred Rogers: [to politicians] We need to help our children become more and more aware that what is essential in life is invisible to the eye.
Margaret Whitmer: If you take all of the elements that make good television and do the exact opposite, you have "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Low production values, simple set, an unlikely star. Yet, it worked.
Himself - Fred Rogers Center Director: "What would Fred Rogers do"? It's not a question that you can answer. The most important question is, "What are you going to do?"
Fred Rogers: [at his piano] Come on over a minute. I just had some ideas that I've been thinking about for quite while about modulation. It seems to me that there are different themes in life, and one of my main jobs, it seems to me, is to help, through the mass media for children, to help children through some of the difficult modulations of life.
[when asked if she and Fred had any gay friends]
Joanne Rogers: Oh, heavens, yes. Yes.
Joanne Rogers: Thank you.
François Scarborough Clemmons: I'm asked all the time, "Was he gay?" I think that if he had a gay vibe, I would have picked it up. Nope. Not that I'm aware of.