Archives for the month of: April, 2012

“It is my involvement with this inescapable fact of childhood – the awful vulnerability of children and their struggle to make themselves King of all Wild Things – that gives my work whatever truth and passion it may have.”
Maurice Sendak

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“I spent hundreds of hours sitting at my window, sketching neighbourhood children at play” 
Maurice Sendak

“they (the wild things) were meant not to terrify – they don’t terrify children… they did terrify grownups but then grownups are so easily terrified…where do you begin? Or end?”
Maurice Sendak

“my own family… all these dreadful people I’d known all my life… people I could never get revenge on ever… but now. And so they indeed became the things. They were all my Jewish relatives. And actually they’re quite flattering portraits”
Maurice Sendak

“Since I was 16 or so Mozart has been my saviour, and the Magic Flute is my favourite of all his perfect operas. It has everything I wish my own work had a scrap of; beauty of shape and design, a comic, low-down vaudeville vitality blended with dark serious truth-telling, depth of soul, and a generous, unjudgmental view of humankind”
Maurice Sendak