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All Quotes by author - Maurice Sendak
" A book is a book is a book. "
" All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew. "
" As a kid, all I thought about was death. "
" As a kid, all I thought about was death. But you can't tell your parents that. "
" Certainly we want to protect our children from new and painful experiences that are beyond their emotional comprehension and that intensify anxiety; and to a point we can prevent premature exposure to such experiences. "
" Childhood is a tricky business. Usually, something goes wrong. "
" Do parents sit down and tell their kids everything? I don't know. I don't know. I've convinced myself - I hope I'm right - that children despair of you if you don't tell them the truth. "
" Finding out that I was gay when I was older was a shock and a disappointment. "
" Girls are infinitely more complicated than boys and women more than men. And there's no doubt about that. We just don't like to think about it. Certainly the men don't like to think about it. "
" Grown-ups are afraid for children. It's not children who are afraid. "
" 'Hansel and Gretel' is one of the scariest stories ever written! Psychotic mother; stupid, inane father. "
" I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. "
" I am not a religious person, nor do I have any regrets. "
" I became a set designer for opera. "
" I became a set designer for opera. I'm a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out. "
" I can't believe I've turned into a typical old man. "
" I cry a lot because I miss people. "
" I did not know how to paint a mural. I did not know how to prepare the surface. There was nobody from the Renaissance around who could advise me, and I did the best I could. "
" I didn't have much confidence in myself... never. "
" I'd like to believe an accumulation of experience has made me a sort of a grown-up person, so I can have judgment and taste and whatever. "
" I do not remember any proper children's books in my childhood. I was not exposed to them. "
" I don't believe in an afterlife but I still fully expect to see my brother again. "
" I don't have kids at all and I thank God that I never did. "
" I don't need faith. "
" I don't write for children. I write and someone says it's for children. "
" I feel extremely vulnerable. "
" I feel like I don't have a lot of time left. "
I Feel Like
" If life is so critical, if Anne Frank could die, if my friend could die, children were as vulnerable as adults, and that gave me a secret purpose to my work, to make them live. Because I wanted to live. I wanted to grow up. "
" I grew up in a house that was in a constant state of mourning. "
" I had a brother who was my savior, made my childhood bearable. "
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