"Do I have any kids? I never wanted children, for a minute, I did, but I didn't do it. If you don't do it well , then why do you do it? There's so many kids all over the place, just wanna go around hacking their heads off."Kids or their parents?
"Well the parents make the kids.. I'm not doing it out of hatred of children. I'm sparing them."
Does it feel like 60 yrs. ago?
"Kind of it feels like a 160 yrs. ago."- Maurice Sendak
What was the controversy of Where the Wild Things Are?"It was really a mother not having disciplined her child, and also she was reduced to his level of anger when he says I won't eat. And she says you won't eat anything. And she throws him in his room. No mother should do that. I agree. No mother should do that, but I also agree mothers and children are human beings. And they will lose their way occasionally. And do the wrong thing, and say the wrong thing."
Do you have any advice for young people?
"Quit this life as soon as possible. Get out, get out. You are doing a documentary of a brain dead person."
These are all the toys you and your brother made?
"Oh yes, he did all the carving and figuring it how it worked. And I did all the painting.""...I did some very good books. Which is an isolationist's form of life, doing books, doing pictures, And the only true happiness I've ever enjoyed in my life. It's sublime to just go into another room and make pictures. It's magic. Where all your weaknesses character or blemish of personality, and whatever else torments you, fade away. Just gets better. You're doing the one thing you want to do. And you want to do it well. And uh, you're happy..."
..."I wanna do a work of art that somehow is a reflection of what it's like with the trees. What it's like with the Herman (his dog). What it's like with the grass. What it's like with the air. That's totally unspoiled. That's a reflection of human being who has put something together of the story of his life. So that the story of his life takes on a meaning above and beyond his books. And everything don't feel I've achieved that"...
..."Tell them anything you want. Just tell them if it's true. And why is my needle stuck in childhood? I don't know. I don't know. I guess that's where my heart is."