A Puppeteer and a Prophet

KermitI have always loved the Muppets (and not just for the musical numbers).  Jim Henson created something really magical when he gave us goofy, flawed, hopeful characters like Kermit, Beaker, and Fozzie.  And so this week, when he would have celebrated his 77th birthday, I give you my favorite Jim Henson quotes:

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.

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

It has always been difficult to get Big Bird to be very pretty. Big Bird in England is much more gorgeous.

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

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

Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling. May each of yours be that – having each of you as a child of mine has certainly been one of the good things in my life. Know that I’ve always loved each of you with an eternal, bottomless love. A love that has nothing to do with each other, for I feel my love for each of you is total and all-encompassing. Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.

Simple is good.

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

There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.

I don’t know exactly where ideas come from, but when I’m working well ideas just appear. I’ve heard other people say similar things – so it’s one of the ways I know there’s help and guidance out there. It’s just a matter of our figuring out how to receive the ideas or information that are waiting to be heard.

I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, toward my work. I think I’m here for a purpose. I think it’s very likely that we all are, but I’m only sure about myself. I try to tune myself in to whatever it is that I’m supposed to be, and I try to think of myself as a part of all of us – all mankind and all life. I find it’s not easy to keep these lofty thoughts in mind as the day goes by, but it certainly helps me a great deal to start out this way.

And here are some great Muppet posters from Etsy shop The Retro Inc – I have all of them!

Gonzo

Miss Piggy

Beaker

Fozzie

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