There must be more to life than having everything.

— Maurice Sendak

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And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis.

It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.

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'Hansel and Gretel' is one of the scariest stories ever written! Psychotic mother; stupid, inane father.

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And the walls became the world all around.

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I know that if there’s a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart.

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Children do live in fantasy and reality;

they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.

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I have been doodling with ink and watercolor on paper all my life.

It's my way of stirring up my imagination to see what I find hidden in my head. I call the results dream pictures, fantasy sketches, and even brain-sharpenin g exercises.

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A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.

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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.

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And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!

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Sipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice.

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We’ve educated children to think that spontaneity is inappropriate.

Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren’t. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they’re really protecting themselves. Besides, you can’t protect children. They know everything.

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And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.

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About Maurice Sendak

Quotes 187 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.

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You cannot write for children They're much too complicated.

You can only write books that are of interest to them.

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Each month is gay, Each season nice, When eating Chicken soup With rice

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Illustrations have as much to say as the text.

The trick is to say the same thing, but in a different way. It's no good being an illustrator who is saying a lot that is on his or her mind, if it has nothing to do with the text. . . the artist must override the story, but he must also override his own ego for the sake of the story.

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There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.

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I did not know how to paint a mural. I did not know how to prepare the surface. There was nobody from the Renaissance around who could advise me, and I did the best I could.

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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.

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I've always loved pigs: the shape of them, the look of them, and the fact that they are so intelligent.

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

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One of the few graces of getting old - and God knows there are few graces - is that if you've worked hard and kept your nose to the grindstone, something happens: The body gets old but the creative mechanism is refreshed, smoothed and oiled and honed. That is the grace. That is what's happening to me.

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Oh, please don't go — we'll eat you up — we love you so!

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Knowledge is the driving force that puts creative passion to work.

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A whole new world of Italian music was springing up, and [Giuseppe] Verdi was seen as old. Boito got Verdi all excited about the possibility of doing another opera, another kind of opera. In fact, Verdi composed his two best operas, Otello and Falstaff, in his eighties.

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Mothers and children are human beings, and they will sometimes do the wrong thing.

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It was a very difficult time. I was working on [umble-Ardy] when my partner and friend was dying of cancer. We set up a room in the house to be like a hospital room. Eugene died, and then I had bypass surgery. I was doing the book to stay sane while all this was going on.

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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.

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And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.

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Peter Rabbit, for all its gentle tininess, loudly proclaims that no story is worth the writing, no picture worth the making, if it is not a work of imagination.

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I refuse to lie to children.

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I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can't do that. I'm in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person.

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If children are different from us, they are more spontaneous.

Grown-up lives have become overlaid with dross.

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I often went to bed without supper cause I hated my mother's cooking.

So, to go to bed without supper was not a torture to me. If she was gonna hurt me, she'd make me eat.

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Parents shouldn't assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly. Kids don't. We do.

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I believe there is no part of our lives, our adult as well as child life, when we're not fantasizing, but we prefer to relegate fantasy to children, as though it were some tomfoolery only fit for the immature minds of the young. Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.

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I know there are supposedly happy people in this world.

I never believed it, but I take it for granted. God knows, they're all on television.

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I’m not Hans Christian Andersen. Nobody’s gonna make a statue in the park with a lot of scrambling kids climbing up me. I won’t have it, okay?

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I don't believe in an afterlife but I still fully expect to see my brother again.

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I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness.

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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.

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There's something in this country that is so opposed to understanding the complexity of children.

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When Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can't explain... I don't need to. I know that if there's a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart.

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And [he] sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him and it was still hot

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Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.

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Oh, I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child.

He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. You went to the movies then, you saw two movies and a short. When Mickey Mouse came on the screen and there was his big head, my sister said she had to hold onto me. I went berserk.

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I hate those e-books. They can not be the future... they may well be... I will be dead.

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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.

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Herman Melville said that artists have to take a dive and either you hit your head on a rock and you split your skull and you die … or that blow to the head is so inspiring that you come back and do the best work that you ever did. BUT you have to take the dive and you do not know what the results will be.

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