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A collection of quotes and sayings by Fred Rogers on look, helpers, end, show, play, love, beautiful, world, accordingly, peace, friendship, bitterness and happiness

117 Quotes By Fred Rogers On Joy, Love, Trust And Fear

Quick Facts

Famous As: Television Personality

Born On: March 20, 1928

Died On: February 27, 2003

Born In: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States

Died At Age: 74

Fred Rogers was a renowned American puppeteer, television personality, Presbyterian minister, producer, writer and musician. He created, composed and hosted the theme music for ‘Mister Rogers Neighbourhood’, an educational preschool television series. The series featured his kind-heartedness and grandfatherly personality. He was not very happy with the way television addressed the children. He made an effort to change this when he began to perform and write for Pittsburgh-area shows that were specifically directed at the youth. He bagged in ‘Peabody Award’, approximately forty honorary degrees and ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’. Here is a list of famous and inspiring quotes and sayings by the eminent artist which have been extracted from his writings, books, lyrics, work, thoughts, interviews and life. Go through the quotable quotes and thoughts by Fred Rogers and get enlightened.
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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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Little by little we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we are not perfect.

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Peace means far more than the opposite of war.

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Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.

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There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

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We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.

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Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

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The older I get, the more convinced I am that the space between people who are trying their best to understand each other is hallowed ground.

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I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you have ever done

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Kids can spot a phony a mile away.

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Love and trust, in the space between what’s said and what’s heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world.

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There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.

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If your trusted and people will allow you to share their inner gardern...what better gift?

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Human relationships are primary in all of living. When the gusty winds blow and shake our lives, if we know that people care about us, we may bend with the wind ... but we won’t break.

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Imagining may be the first step in making it happen, but it takes the real time and real efforts of real people to learn things, make things, turn thoughts into deeds or visions into inventions.

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Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.

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Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning...They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.

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Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal.

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Love begins with listening.

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Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.

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Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated.

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In appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred.

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Parents who expect change in themselves as well as in their children, who accept it and find in it the joy as well as the pains ofgrowth, are likely to be the happiest and most confident parents.

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Real strength has to do with helping others.

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The best teacher in the world is someone who loves what he or she does, and just loves it in front of you.

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I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.

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We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.

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If it's mentionable, it's manageable.

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We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears.

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Fame is a four-letter word. And like tape, or zoom, or face, or pain, or love, or life, what ultimately matters is what we do with it.

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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.

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It would have been sad for me to spend my life just trying to superimpose stuff on people rather than trying to encourage them to look within themselves for what's of value.

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Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.

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The world is not always a kind place. That's something all children learn for themselves, whether we want them to or not, but it's something they really need our help to understand.

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We Don't always succeed in what we try, certainly not by the world's standards, but I think you'll find it's the willingness to keep trying that matters most.

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You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.

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Often, problems are knots with many strands, and looking at those strands can make a problem seem different.

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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.

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All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are....Ten seconds of silence.

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We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.

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Silence is so powerful, so important. There is so much to be learned from it.

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It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine; could you be mine?

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All I know to do is to light the candle that has been given to me.

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In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.

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Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.

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The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.

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The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.

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Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given.

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It may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen.

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My hunch is that if we allow ourselves to give who we really are to the children in our care, we will in some way inspire cartwheels in their hearts.

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The connections we make in the course of a life--maybe that's what heaven is.

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You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.

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Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

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Solitude is different from loneliness, and it doesn't have to be a lonely kind of thing.

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A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved.

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It's really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important than what we are. Of course, it's the opposite that's true: What we are ultimately determines what we do!

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I'm fairly convinced that the Kingdom of God is for the broken-hearted. You write of 'powerlessness.' Join the club, we are not in control. God is.

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Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind.

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One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation.

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I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self.

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I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.

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I think everybody longs to be loved and longs to know that he or she is lovable and, consequently, the greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving.

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As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has-or ever will have-something inside that is unique to all time.

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How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?

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What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win too. Even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.

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Our worlds needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction.

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Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.

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Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.

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Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered . . . just one kind word to another person.

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The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

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There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.

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Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.

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If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

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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.

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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.

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When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.

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When we choose to be parents, we accept another human being as part of ourselves, and a large part of our emotional selves will stay with that person as long as we live. From that time on, there will be another person on this earth whose orbit around us will affect us as surely as the moon affects the tides, and affect us in some ways more deeply than anyone else can. Our children are extensions of ourselves.

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How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements... and into dreams that we can make come true.

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It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.

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Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.

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When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the façade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.

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The values we care about the deepest, and the movements within society that support those values, command our love. When those things that we care about so deeply become endangered, we become enraged. And what a healthy thing that is! Without it, we would never stand up and speak out for what we believe.

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I believe that appreciation is a holy thing--that when we look for what's best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something sacred.

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When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.

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Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.

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Most of us, I believe, admire strength. It's something we tend to respect in others, desire for ourselves, and wish for our children. Sometimes, though, I wonder if we confuse strength with other words—like 'aggression' and even 'violence'. Real strength is neither male nor female; but it is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that a human being can possess.

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Whether we're a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we're acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.

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When I was a boy I used to think that STRONG meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is NOT seen. Real strength has to do with helping others.

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Anyone who has ever been able to sustain good work has had at least one person--and often many--who have believed in him or her. We just don't get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others.

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I wonder what memories of yours will persist as you go on in life. My hunch is that the most important will have to do with feelings of loving and being loved - friends, family, teachers, shopkeepers - whoever's been close to you. As you continue to grow, you'll find many ways of expressing your love and you'll discover more and more ways in which others express their love for you.

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What's been important in my understanding of myself and others is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing. A sick child is much more than his or her sickness. A person with a disability is much, much more than a handicap. A pediatrician is more than a medical doctor. You're MUCH more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.

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Listening is a very active awareness of the coming together of at least two lives. Listening, as far as I'm concerned, is certainly a prerequisite of love. One of the most essential ways of saying 'I love you' is being a receptive listener.

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What do you think it is that drives people to want far more than they could ever use or need? I frankly think it's insecurity. How do we let the world know that the trappings of this life are not the things that are ultimately important for being accepted?

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Music is the one art we all have inside. We may not be able to play an instrument, but we can sing along or clap or tap our feet. Have you ever seen a baby bouncing up and down in the crib in time to some music? When you think of it, some of that baby's first messages from his or her parents may have been lullabies, or at least the music of their speaking voices. All of us have had the experience of hearing a tune from childhood and having that melody evoke a memory or a feeling. The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.

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I doubt that we can ever successfully impose values or attitudes or behaviors on our children certainly not by threat, guilt, or punishment. But I do believe they can be induced through relationships where parents and children are growing together. Such relationships are, I believe, build on trust, example, talk, and caring.

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The presence of a grandparent confirms that parents were, indeed, little once, too, and that people who are little can grow to be big, can become parents, and one day even have grandchildren of their own. So often we think of grandparents as belonging to the past; but in this important way, grandparents, for young children, belong to the future.

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Love is at the root of all healthy discipline. The desire to be loved is a powerful motivation for children to behave in ways thatgive their parents pleasure rather than displeasure. it may even be our own long-ago fear of losing our parents' love that now sometimes makes us uneasy about setting and maintaining limits. We're afraid we'll lose the love of our children when we don't let them have their way.

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The roots of a child's ability to cope and thrive, regardless of circumstance, lie in that child's having had at least a small, safe place (an apartment? a room? a lap?) in which, in the companionship of a loving person, that child could discover that he or she was lovable and capable of loving in return. If a child finds this during the first years of life, he or she can grow up to be a competent, healthy person.

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I wonder if we might pledge ourselves to remember what life is really all about—not to be afraid that we're less flashy than the next, not to worry that our influence is not that of a tornado, but rather that of a grain of sand in an oyster! Do we have that kind of patience?

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We've forgotten what it's like not to be able to reach the light switch. We've forgotten a lot of the monsters that seemed to livein our room at night. Nevertheless, those memories are still there, somewhere inside us, and can sometimes be brought to the surface by events, sights, sounds, or smells. Children, though, can never have grown-up feelings until they've been allowed to do the growing.

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It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?... It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood, A neighborly day for a beauty. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?... I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. So, let's make the most of this beautiful day. Since we're together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor? Won't you please, Won't you please? Please won't you be my neighbor?

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[I]f we can bring our children understanding, comfort, and hopefulness when they need this kind of support, then they are more likely to grow into adults who can find these resources within themselves later on. (from the introduction)

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And those handmade presents that children often bring home from school: They have so much value! The value is that the child put whatever he or she could into making them. The way we parents respond to the giving of such gifts is very important. To the child the gift is really self, and they want so much for their selves to be acceptable, to be loved.

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Children who have learned to be comfortably dependent can become not only comfortably independent but also comfortable with having people depend on them. They can lean, stand, and be leaned upon, because they know what a good feeling it can be to feel needed.

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