Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.— Jim Henson
The most genuine Jim Henson quotes that will activate your inner potential
If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.
Yeah, I did some small parts in high school and the first year of college and then fairly soon thereafter I settled into the backstage scenery, and then at the University of Maryland I was doing posters for their productions.
When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best.
At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design, stage design or television design.
[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom as great. You have no power over me!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show.
I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.
Life's like a movie, write your own ending.
Keep believing, keep pretending. We've done just what we set out to do. Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers and you.
Music is an essential part of everything we do.
Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.
It has always been difficult to get Big Bird to be very pretty.
Big Bird in England is much more gorgeous.
At the time of Polaroid - and I did a couple of other commercials just before I stopped doing that stuff - at that point I was at the level where they respect you and your opinion and all that sort of thing.
Only time can heal your broken heart. Just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.
Follow your enthusiasm. It's something I've always believed in. Find those parts of your life you enjoy the most. Do what you enjoy doing.
When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said, what kind of television show would we like to do. We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.
I know I drive some people crazy with what seems like ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked for me.
The most sophisticated people I've ever known had just one thing in common: they were all in touch with their inner children.
There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met.
All of a sudden you realise that you are the person who has control of your life.
Do everything at 100 percent of its potential and never accept second best.
The beauty of nature has been one of the great inspirations in my life.
Television is basically teaching whether you want it to or not.
No time is wasted time
Watch out for the icy patch
Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key - probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US.
But with The Dark Crystal, instead of puppetry we're trying to go toward a sense of realism - toward a reality of creatures that are actually alive and we're mixing up puppetry and all kinds of other techniques.
I guess I was wrong when I said I never promised anyone. I promised me.
NBC was trying to convert all of their local programming to color right away to encourage the sale of the sets, so I barely remember working in black and white, although I do know that I did do it, but there was not a major difference, though.
Actually the copies of characters is something I don't particularly like to talk about in articles but just for your information, most characters there's only one.
It's a wonderful life and I love it.
No, there's not much competition between puppeteers in general because everybody's working their own style.
My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.
If you're doing a large, complicated character with radio controls, it might take a number of people several months to make it and if you're talking about a quick little hand puppet, it could be made in 2 days, so there's enormous range there, and no real easy generalities.
(Lisa Henson about her father) He admired the job of the man who walks along the road picking up trash with a long stick. He thought that guy had a great job, walking along with a stick, enjoying the road, and doing only good in the world, with hundreds of small actions.
I decided that what I really wanted to do was go off and paint.
Yeah, I think we did the term Muppets before we got the show Sam and Friends - a few months after I started working.
Yeah, well when I first started working, it was $5 a show;
it was probably a little higher by the time I got to my own show, but I remember that they put me under contract at $100 a week, which to me was really an astronomical price.
I think if you study--if you learn too much of what others have done, you may tend to take the same direction as everybody else.
I try hard not to judge anyone, and I try to bless everyone who is a part of my life, particularly anyone with whom I am having any problems
We thought it would be fun to try to design a show that would work well internationally and so that' s what we're intending to do with Fraggle Rock, and we are indeed now selling it around the world.
If anything, there's a difference in working with color in England and the color in the US.
I know it's easier to portray a world filled with cynicism and anger, where problems are solved with violence...It's an easy out. What's a whole lot tougher is to offer alternatives, to present other ways conflicts can be resolved, and to show you can have a positive impact on your world. To do that, you have to put yourself out on a limb, take chances, and run the risk of being called a do-gooder.
Never eat anything at one sitting that you can't lift.
And also there wasn't much money in television in those days anyhow.
Somebody like a Piggy or a Kermit, there needs to be several versions and so there will be several of them.
I was very interested in theatre, mostly in stage design. I did a little bit of acting.
The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
If our 'message' is anything, it's a positive approach to life.
That life is basically good. People are basically good.