32 Famous Maurice Sendak Quotes

32 Famous Maurice Sendak Quotes

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Maurice Sendak was a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is most famous for his iconic Where the Wild Things Are, which was published in 1963. The book has recently gained a new wave of fame due to its major motion adaptation. He is also renowned for illustrating and writing the Little Bear series. He died on May 8, 2012 at the age of 83.

“I don’t believe in children. I don’t believe in childhood. I don’t believe that there’s a demarcation. ‘Oh you mustn’t tell them that. You mustn’t tell them that.’ You tell them anything
you want. Just tell them if it’s true. If it’s true you tell them.”

“You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson – she’s probably the top – Mozart, Shakespear, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me
through the narrow straits of life. ”

“Fuck them is what I say. I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future. They may well be. I will be dead. I won’t give a shit. ”

“A woman came up to me the other day and said, ‘You’re the kiddie-book man!’ I wanted to kill her. ”

“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.”

“Live your life. Live your life. Live your life.”

“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.”

“There must be more to life than having everything.”

“Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what’s real and what’s not. They
understand metaphor and symbol. If children are different from us, they are more spontaneous. Grown up lives have become overlaid with dross.”

“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”

“Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.”

“Kids don’t know about best sellers. They go for what they enjoy. They aren’t star chasers and they don’t suck up. It’s why I like them.”

“Please don’t go. We’ll eat you up. We love you so.”

“It is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.”

“I wanted my wild things to be frightening.”

“You cannot write for children…they’re much too complicated.”

“We’ve educated children to think spontaneity is inappropriate.”

“Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren’t. Grownups always say they protect their chilren, but they’re really protecting themselves.”

“I don’t believe in things literally for children. That’s a reduction.”

“We’re animals. We’re violent.”

“I’m gay. I just didn’t think it was anybody’s business.”

“All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew.”

“I’m telling what it was like for me. And I know it was not unique for me. ”

“You can’t get rid of evil. We can’t, and I feel that so intensely.”

“All the idiots that keep coming into the world and wrecking people’s lives.”

“I don’t want to lose hope.”

“I was talking about kids I knew and me. ”

“Art has always been my salvation.”

“What is the point of it all? Not leaving legacies. But being ripe. Being ripe.”

“Goodness is scary.”

“All children where in the Holocaust. Everybody was in the Holocaust.”

“And it’s one of the sexiest things you will ever read of how slow you should take the peach. Don’t rush it.”