If you need something to hold you over between the Mister Rogers documentary and the upcoming biopic starring Tom Hanks, a new coffee-table book of his quotes is now in bookstores.
“Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” is small and short, with the cover featuring his signature red cardigan; an easy pick-me-up when the mood strikes to read wisdom in Mister Rogers’ voice.
“Mister Rogers was always focused on children, but his words are just as important and meaningful to adults,” writes Wagner, who also wrote “The Mister Rogers Parenting Book.”
Some quotes have added resonance for these times. In an era of hype, Rogers counsels: “You don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you.” To anyone in despair about what surrounds them: “The more you grow into a helpful person yourself, the happier you’ll find this world of ours is.”
Wagner cites several instances of Rogers leading by example. He encouraged people to not let the fear of making mistakes stop them from trying something new: “We watched him laughing and smiling as he awkwardly mixed up dance moves with Ella Jenkins, dropped balls while juggling, and tried to use a Hula-Hoop.” By feeding his fish every episode, “he helped us see the importance of being consistent in our care – in caring for others who rely on us, and in caring for ourselves.”