Who Said It: Bob Ross or Mister Rogers?

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Bob Ross and Mister Rogers are probably the two gentlest spirits to grace the lives of people who grew up on PBS. Can you tell them apart?

"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."

Mister Rogers could be very direct.

"You have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers."

Bob Ross said this about (no surprise) painting.

"I hope you're proud of yourself for the times you've said 'yes,' when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to somebody else."

Mister Rogers was all about helping.

"It always helps to have people we love beside us when we have to do difficult things in life."

Once more: Mister Rogers and helping.

"In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees."

Mister Rogers was candid about death, but maybe not quite as candid as Bob Ross.

"Every day is a good day when you paint."

If this were Mister Rogers, he might be talking about putting on a sweater or tying his shoes.

"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."

This is Mister Rogers talking about other people, not Bob Ross talking about imperfect little paintings.

"Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere — you only have to look to see it."

While this sounds like a Mister Rogers "You are special" kind of sentiment, it's Bob Ross.

"Find freedom on this canvas."

In case the canvas part didn't give it away … it's Bob Ross.

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

This is Mister Rogers on life, not Bob Ross on those mournful mountains.

"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."

"Take root" may throw some folks, what with all the happy little trees, but this was Mister Rogers.

"The only thing worse than yellow snow is green snow."

No, it's not an admonition for preschoolers on their potty habits. Bob Ross said this on "The Joy of Painting."

"The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe."

Yay, Bob Ross believes in us!

"We don't make mistakes. We just have happy accidents."

Surprise! Bob Ross.

"It's important to know when we need to stop, reflect, and receive."

This could be about friendship or flowers — but it's Mister Rogers.

"Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals — all of them special in their own way."

Mister Rogers did talk a lot about specialness, but this one is Bob Ross.

"This is happy place; little squirrels live here and play."

Are there squirrels in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe? Oh well. It's moot, since this is Bob Ross.

"It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy."

Painting made Bob Ross happy.

"It's such a good feeling to know we're lifelong friends."

We feel good too, Mister Rogers!

"See how it fades right into nothing. That's just what you're looking for."

No, it's not Existentialist Mister Rogers. It's Bob Ross.

"Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper."

It's not naptime. It's Bob Ross.

"You need the dark in order to show the light."

It's Bob Ross, not a lesson in how not to be afraid of the dark.

"It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."

This is from "The World According to Mister Rogers."

"Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it."

Mister Rogers was more about making friends with trains and puppets. This one's Bob Ross.

"The child is in me still, and sometimes not so still."

While both men could be childlike, this one's Mister Rogers.

" … It's so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial."

Bob Ross isn't describing humble shrubs here … Mister Rogers is talking about how the greatest event in American history was probably a little one.

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

Fred Rogers said this while being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

"If you do too much, it’s going to lose its effectiveness."

We're not sure Mister Rogers thought there was such a thing as doing too much. It's Bob Ross.

"Your greatest gift you ever give is your honest self."

Aww, Mister Rogers. You're so sweet.

"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."

It's a lovely final thought from Mister Rogers.

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