He was a man who accepted and embraced vulnerability. He understood the habitual human fear of the unknown and saw the complexities of mankind, both good and bad. And yet, "Where the Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak retained his childlike heart throughout his 83-year lifespan.
By penning one of the most influential children's books of the 20th Century, Sendak encouraged children and adults to use their imaginations. Sendak, who passed away early Tuesday morning, was not one to hestiate in sharing his thoughts, his truths and beliefs with friends, reporters, peers and most of all, with beloved children worldwide.
The following is a compilation of Sendak's thoughts and words shared with various media outlets and written within his 15+ books. I see these ten quotes as a representation of who Maurice Sendak was, how he lived and why is legacy will continue on.