Friday, May 11, 2012

The Friday Five: Remembering Maurice Sendak

This week we've selected five quotes to honor the legendary author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

On writing for children vs. adults

"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."
-From the documentary "Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak"


"I believe there is no part of our lives, our adult as well as child life, when we're not fantasizing, but we prefer to relegate fantasy to children, as though it were some tomfoolery only fit for the immature minds of the young. Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do."
-From "Questions to an Artist Who Is Also an Author: A Conversation between Maurice Sendak and Virginia Haviland" by Virginia Haviland, published in 1972

What's important

"There must be more to life than having everything!"
-from "Higglety Pigglety Pop!"


"Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren't. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they're really protecting themselves. Besides, you can't protect children. They know everything."
-from "The Paternal Pride of Maurice Sendak" by Bernard Holland, The New York Times, Nov. 8, 1987

The highest compliment

"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, sometimes very hastily, but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. 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."

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