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Quotes of the day: Jim Henson

Published Wednesday, September 23, 2015 @ 3:09 PM EDT
Sep 23 2015

James Maury "Jim" Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, actor, film director, and producer. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, and raised in Leland, Mississippi, and Hyattsville, Maryland, he began developing puppets while attending high school. While he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, he created Sam and Friends, a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared on television. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in home economics, he produced coffee advertisements and developed experimental films. Feeling the need for more creative output, Henson founded Muppets, Inc., in 1958 (which would later become The Jim Henson Company). He remains best known as the creator of The Muppets. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament.

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.

I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best.

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.

If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.

It all ends in one of two ways: either someone gets eaten or something blows up.

Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

Most people, and particularly kids, don't realize that they are in control of their lives. Somewhere in here, you have to learn you're the one who's doing it.

No time is wasted time.

Simple is good.

So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo.

The most sophisticated people I know- inside they are all children.

Things don't disappear. They just change, and change and change again.

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.

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.


(September 24 is also the birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerals and Horace Walpole.)

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