Maurice Sendak was born 10 June 1928, and died 8 May 2012.
- It was inconceivable to me as a child that I would be an adult. I mean, one assumed that would happen, but obviously it didn’t happen, or if it did, it happened when your back was turned, and then suddenly you were there.
- A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.
- I want to be alone and work until the day my heads hits the drawing table and I’m dead. Kaput. I feel very much like I want to be with my brother and sister again. They’re nowhere. I know they’re nowhere and they don’t exist, but if nowhere means that’s where they are, that’s where I want to be.
- There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.
- It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music. … I have nothing now but praise for my life.
- I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.
- You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.
- Hansel and Gretel is one of the scariest stories ever written! Psychotic mother; stupid, inane father.
- I have a little tiny Emily Dickinson so big that I carry in my pocket everywhere. And you just read three poems of Emily. She is so brave. She is so strong. She is such a sexy, passionate, little woman. I feel better.
- Parents shouldn’t assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly.
- You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson – she’s probably the top – Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.
- There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.
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