"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."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Maurice Sendak on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Maurice Sendak on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Maurice Sendak on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Maurice Sendak on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Maurice Sendak on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."