"What I do as best I can is out of a deep respect for children, for how difficult their world is."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Maurice Sendak on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Maurice Sendak on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Maurice Sendak on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Maurice Sendak on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Maurice Sendak on Abraham Lincoln
"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."