maurice sendak quotes

Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters… I sent him a card and I drew a picture… I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
—  Maurice Sendak
You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.
—  Maurice Sendak
“I said anything I wanted because I don’t believe in children, I don’t believe in childhood. I don’t believe that there’s a demarcation. ‘Oh you mustn’t tell them that. You mustn’t tell them that.’ You tell them anything you want. Just tell them if it’s true. If it’s true you tell them.” —Maurice Sendak, whose books Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen have been frequently challenged and banned in schools