"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Maurice Sendak on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Maurice Sendak on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Maurice Sendak on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Maurice Sendak on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Maurice Sendak on Mark Twain
"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."