"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."
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."Maurice Sendak on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."Maurice Sendak on Marilyn Monroe
"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."Maurice Sendak on Friedrich Nietzsche
"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."Maurice Sendak on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."Maurice Sendak on John Lennon
"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. Kids lead a very private life. And I was a typical child, I think. I was a liar."