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Inspirational Maurice Sendak Quotes

Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. Below is a list of some Inspirational Maurice Sendak Quotes.

Maurice Sendak Quotes
Maurice Sendak Quotes

Maurice Sendak Quotes

“There must be more to life than having everything!”
― Maurice Sendak

“A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.”
― Maurice Sendak

“We’ve educated children to think that spontaneity is inappropriate.”
― Maurice Sendak

“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen”
― Maurice Sendak

“Kids don’t know about best sellers. They go for what they enjoy. They aren’t star chasers and they don’t suck up. It’s why I like them.”
― Maurice Sendak

“Let the wild rumpus start!”
― Maurice Sendak

“And the walls became the world all around.”
― Maurice Sendak quotes

“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.”
― Maurice Sendak

“You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.”
― Maurice Sendak

“If children are different from us, they are more spontaneous. Grown-up lives have become overlaid with dross.”
― Maurice Sendak

“To get a child’s trust – you may know or not – is a very hard thing to do. They’re so used to not believing adults – because adults tell tales and lies all the time.”
― Maurice Sendak

“Art has always been my salvation.”
Maurice Sendak

“In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy. There’s a cruelty to childhood, there’s an anger.”
― Maurice Sendak

“I don’t believe in things literally for children. That’s a reduction.”
― Maurice Sendak

“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy.”
― Maurice Sendak

“I became a set designer for opera. I’m a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out.”
― Maurice Sendak

“Grown-ups desperately need to feel safe, and then they project onto the kids. But what none of us seem to realize is how smart kids are.”
― Maurice Sendak

“You can’t get rid of evil. We can’t, and I feel that so intensely. All the idiots that keep coming into the world and wrecking people’s lives.”
― Maurice Sendak

“From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.”
― Maurice Sendak

“It’s only adults who read the top layers most of the time. I think children read the internal meanings of everything.”
― Maurice Sendak

“The qualities that make for excellence in children’s literature can be summed up in a single word: imagination.”
― Maurice Sendak

“Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.”
― Maurice Sendak

“Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.”
― Maurice Sendak

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.”
― Maurice Sendak

“It turns out sometimes the so-called “right way” is utterly the wrong way. What a monstrous confusion.”
― Maurice Sendak

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