Maurice Sendak (and Dave Eggers) | On Being Ready

"I have nothing now but praise for my life. I'm not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more ... what I dread is the isolation. There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready"

Maurice Sendak, on NPR's Fresh Air . It reminds me a this line from A Heartbreaking Work by Dave Eggers (who co-wrote the film adaptation of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are)

"And we will be ready, at the end of the everyday we will be ready ... so when it comes we will not be angry, we will be content, tired enough to go, gratefully."

(in memory of) Mr. Sendak. His interview on The Colbert Report made me actually laugh out loud
(photo) still from Where the Wild Things Are film.  
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  1. This is so beautiful. He was my favorite.

  2. I love this. I have been in a melancholy mood despite this weather and I resonate with these words.

  3. I listened to that interview when it aired awhile back and had forgotten those words. What a beautiful reminder. And didn't you just love that film of Where the Wild Things Are? :)

  4. My husband actually just told me of his passing. He was a favortie of mine- thank you for these beauitful quotes.

  5. Love your weaving of these two quotes. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful. Love these comparisons.

  7. Both these quotes together--perfect. And sad, in the right way.


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