"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. Kids lead a very private life. And I was a typical child, I think. I was a liar."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Maurice Sendak on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Maurice Sendak on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Maurice Sendak on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Maurice Sendak on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Maurice Sendak on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy. There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger."
"I think people should be given a test much like driver's tests as to whether they're capable of being parents! It's an art form. I talk a lot. And I think a lot. And I draw a lot. But never in a million years would I have been a parent. That's just work that's too hard."
"Childhood is a tricky business. Usually, something goes wrong."
"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."
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