Famous Quotes By Maurice Sendak


  1. As a kid, all I thought about was death. But you can't tell your parents that.
  2. Childhood is a tricky business. Usually, something goes wrong.
  3. Do parents sit down and tell their kids everything? I don't know. I don't know. I've convinced myself - I hope I'm right - that children despair of you if you don't tell them the truth.
  4. Girls are infinitely more complicated than boys and women more than men. And there's no doubt about that. We just don't like to think about it. Certainly the men don't like to think about it.
  5. I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness.
  6. I became a set designer for opera. I'm a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out.
  7. I don't need faith.
  8. I hate those e-books. They can not be the future... they may well be... I will be dead.
  9. I hate those e-books. They cannot be the future. They may well be.
  10. I mean, being a child was being a child, was being a creature without power, without pocket money, without escape routes of any kind. So I didn't want to be a child.
  11. I'd like to believe an accumulation of experience has made me a sort of a grown-up person, so I can have judgment and taste and whatever.
  12. I'm not afraid of death.
  13. In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy. There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger.
  14. I've convinced myself - I hope I'm right - that children despair of you if you don't tell them the truth.
  15. Most children - I know I did when I was a kid - fantasize another set of parents. Or fantasize no parents. They don't tell their real parents about that - you don't want to tell Mom and Dad.
  16. My father could be very witty, even if the humor was always on the darker side of irony.
  17. My life in Brooklyn was in constant danger because of my bad health.
  18. The distinctions of fine art bore me to death.
  19. There are certain pieces of music that are always attached to certain books.
  20. To get a child's trust - you may know or not - is a very hard thing to do. They're so used to not believing adults - because adults tell tales and lies all the time.
  21. What I do as best I can is out of a deep respect for children, for how difficult their world is.
  22. When I did 'Bumble-ardy,' I was so intensely aware of death. Eugene, my friend and partner, was dying here in the house when I did 'Bumble-ardy'. I did 'Bumble-ardy' to save myself. I did not want to die with him. I wanted to live, as any human being

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