"The distinctions of fine art bore me to death."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Maurice Sendak on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Maurice Sendak on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Maurice Sendak on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Maurice Sendak on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Maurice Sendak on Helen Keller
"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."