20 Maurice Sendak Quotes on Writing, Art & Literary Heroes

Happy birthday to Where the Wild Things Are author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The Brooklyn-born artist who depicted children as creative, powerful beings with rich lives and minds of their own was inspired by a number of influences during his lifetime, including painters, musicians, and other authors. Sendak was often interviewed about children throughout his career, but the author had a lot to say about the art of writing and illustration—which we share, below. Read on for Sendak’s personal thoughts on everything from creating a work of art to his literary heroes.