70 Best Jim Henson Quotes from the Creator of ‘The Muppets’

Jim Henson, an American puppeteer and filmmaker, was the genius behind the Muppets, a blend of marionettes and puppets.

Notable characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Big Bird emerged from his creative brilliance.

Born in Mississippi, Henson grew up in Maryland. In college, alongside his future wife Jane Nebel, he conceptualized the earliest Muppets in a TV program, “Sam and Friends”.

After graduating, his Muppets gained significant attention through “Sesame Street”, which premiered in 1969. “The Muppet Show” (1976) was followed by multiple Muppet-themed movies.


Henson also ventured into non-Muppet projects like “The Dark Crystal”. He negotiated selling Muppet rights to Disney before his death in 1990, a deal finalized in 2004.

Henson’s Muppets were handcrafted with precision, often requiring multiple puppeteers.

Furthermore, he made experimental films like “Time Piece” and documentaries capturing youth culture and surreal themes.

I have listed below the top quotes by Jim Henson.

Best Jim Henson Quotes


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


Simple is good. ~ Jim Henson.


My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here. ~ Jim Henson.


I decided that what I really wanted to do was go off and paint. ~ Jim Henson.


The only way the magic works is by hard work. But hard work can be fun. ~ Jim Henson.


I hope that something better comes along. ~ Jim Henson.

The beauty of nature has been one of the great inspirations in my life. ~ Jim Henson.


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

Somebody like a Piggy or a Kermit, there needs to be several versions and so there will be several of them. ~ Jim Henson.

I was very interested in theatre, mostly in stage design. I did a little bit of acting. ~ Jim Henson.

Inspiring Jim Henson Quotes


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

If you can’t beat them. Join them. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theater design, stage design or television design. ~ Jim Henson.

Well, Detroit Institute is kind of a key – probably the largest permanent collection of puppets in the US. ~ Jim Henson.


No, there’s not much competition between puppeteers in general because everybody’s working their own style. ~ Jim Henson.

Watch out for the icy patch. ~ Jim Henson.

Famous Jim Henson Quotes

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. ~ Jim Henson.

I do remember doing shows strictly in black and white, too, so you’re right. ~ Jim Henson.

Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling. ~ Jim Henson.


Television is basically teaching whether you want it to or not. ~ Jim Henson.

Certainly I’ve lived my whole life through my imagination. But the world of imagination is there for all of us – a sense of play, of pretending, of wonder. It’s there with us as we live. ~ Jim Henson.

When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them. ~ Jim Henson.

I believe that life is basically a process of growth-that we go through many lives, choosing those situations and problems that we will learn through. ~ Jim Henson.


I guess I was wrong when I said I never promised anyone. I promised me. ~ Jim Henson.

Popular Jim Henson Quotes

Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It’s like a conspiracy. ~ Jim Henson.

It’s a wonderful life and I love it. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

Here’s some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself to seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament. ~ Jim Henson.


We see with our eyes. We know with our hearts. ~ Jim Henson.

If our ‘message’ is anything, it’s a positive approach to life. That life is basically good. People are basically good. ~ Jim Henson.

Do the jobs you like least first. It makes each successive job easier. ~ Jim Henson.

Great 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. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered when wished on an evening star? Somebody thought of it and someone believed it, and look what its done so far. ~ Jim Henson.

I don’t know exactly where ideas come from, it’s just a matter of us figuring out how to receive the ideas waiting to be heard. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

Top Jim Henson Quotes

If anything, there’s a difference in working with color in England and the color in the US. ~ Jim Henson.


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

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. ~ Jim Henson.

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! ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

Thought-Provoking Jim Henson Quotes

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

I’ve never felt any sense of competition with anybody, and we’re all friends; we’re all good friends. ~ Jim Henson.

There was a little afternoon show that was called Afternoon. Back in those days in television, most local stations had a midday show for housewives that had a series of things. It was like a variety show for midday. ~ Jim Henson.

I know I drive some people crazy with what seems like ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked for me. ~ Jim Henson.

I think there are lots of ways of leading very good lives and growing spiritually. This process of growth goes on whether we believe it or not. ~ Jim Henson.


Never eat anything at one sitting that you can’t lift. ~ Jim Henson.

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.

Profound Jim Henson Quotes

There’s great value in being able to step back and laugh at yourself, at life and at attitudes. Laughter helps you put everything into perspective. ~ Jim Henson.

If you take a character and you call him a frog, or like Rowlf, our dog, call him a dog, you immediately give the audience a handle. ~ Jim Henson.


Take what you got and fly with it. ~ Jim Henson.

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

All of a sudden you realize that you are the person who has control of your life. ~ Jim Henson.

A film is not done by one person. It’s done by a lot of people. I love this whole collaborative aspect. When it works well, you end up with something better than any of us started out to do. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood. ~ Jim Henson.

You’re assisting the audience to understand; you’re giving them a bridge or an access. And if you don’t give them that, if you keep it more abstract, it’s almost more pure. It’s a cooler thing. ~ Jim Henson.

Powerful Jim Henson Quotes

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. ~ Jim Henson.


Someday we’ll find it the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me. ~ Jim Henson.

Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it. ~ Jim Henson.

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. ~ Jim Henson.

Yeah, I think we did the term Muppets before we got the show Sam and Friends – a few months after I started working. ~ Jim Henson.


Do everything at 100 percent of its potential and never accept second best. ~ Jim Henson.

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

So these were the 70 top Jim Henson quotes and sayings.

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