Although it is obvious that Where The Wild Things Are was a cultural phenomenon decades after its publication, what’s more, fascinating is the reason. The themes of the book are not just for children, as Sendak intended. Sendak captured human nature and imagination in just 338 words. Even adults can find the best Where The Wild Things Are Quotes. Continue reading to learn more.
About Where The Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ picture book is widely regarded as one of the most important picture books for children.
The story of Max, a little boy who becomes king of a land of Wild Things and embarks on many adventures in the book “Where The Wild Things Are” follows his journey. These are some of our favorite Where The Wild Things Are quotes.
Critically acclaimed, the book has been translated into 32 languages and sold over 20 million copies. ‘Where the Wild Things Are has been adapted in many other media, including an Opera in 1980, an Animated Short in 1973, and a Live-Action Adaptation directed by Maurice Sendak in 2009.
Psychologists around the globe scrutinized Maurice Sendak’s work, claiming that it was too dark for children due to its depiction of witchcraft and other supernatural elements. The Southern United States banned ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ due to this scrutiny. The book’s message is that people can control their destiny and be whatever they want.
Where The Wild Things Are Quotes
And now,” cried Max “let the wild rumpus start! ― Maurice Sendak
And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all. ― Maurice Sendak
There should be a place where only the things you want to happen ― Maurice Sendak
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. ― Maurice Sendak
And [he] sailed back over a year
and in and out of weeks
and through a day
and into the night of his very own room
where he found his supper waiting for him
and it was still hot ― Maurice Sendak
And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws. ― Maurice Sendak
Then from far away across the world, he smelled good things to eat he gave up being king of the wild things. ― Maurice Sendak
But the wild things cried Oh please don’t go- We’ll eat you up we love you so! ― Maurice Sendak
He’s just a boy pretending to be a wolf pretending to be king ― Maurice Sendak
Max dijo “QUIETOS” y los amansó con el truco mágico de mirar fijamente a los ojos amarillos de todos ellos sin pestañear una sola vez y se asustaron y dijeron que era el más monstruo de todos. ― Maurice Sendak
Se acabó!” dijo Maxy envió a los monstruos a la cama sin cenar. Y Maxel rey de todos los monstruos se sintió solo y quería estar donde alguien lo quisiera más que a nadie.
Entonces desde el otro lado del mundo lo envolvió un olor de comida rica y ya no quiso ser el rey del lugar donde viven los monstruos. ― Maurice Sendak
Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot. ― Maurice Sendak
We’ll take care of each other and we’ll all sleep together in a real pile. ― Spike Jonze
The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind, and another. His mother called him ‘WILD THING’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ so he was sent to bed without eating anything.
Inside all of us is Hope.
Inside all of us is Fear.
Inside all of us is Adventure.
Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.
That very night in Max’s room a forest grew… and grew—and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around…
He sailed … through night and day … over a year to where the wild things are.
An ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.
And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all. ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things. ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
We’ll take care for each other, and we’ll all sleep together in a real pile. ― Spike Jonze, Where The Wild Things Are
Max: Carol, did you know the sun was gonna die?
Carol: What? I never heard that… Oh, come on. That can’t happen. I mean you’re the king, and look at me, I’m big! how can guys like us worry about a tiny little thing like the sun, hmm? – Where The Wild Things Are
Carol: I don’t talk to owls. Owls are stupid.
Carol: I don’t apologize to owls. Owls are stupid. – Where The Wild Things Are
KW: Step on my head.
Carol: No. Forget it. I’m not going to step on your head…just to make you feel better. – Where The Wild Things Are
Douglas: Will you keep out all the sadness?
Max: I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it’s big enough for all of us. – Where The Wild Things Are
Carol: This part of your kingdom’s not so good.
Carol: Well, look: this used to be all rock, and now it’s sand, and then, one day, it’s going to be dust, and then the whole island will be dust, and then… well I don’t even know what comes after dust. – Where The Wild Things Are
Carol: So, what ever happened with you and the Vikings?
Max: Well, in the end I had to leave.
Max: I’m not a Viking or a king, or… or anything.
Carol: So, what are you?
Max: I’m Max.
Carol : [sigh] Well, that’s not very much, is it? – Where The Wild Things Are
If I was stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing, it’d be Douglas. We can share him if you want. – Carol.
Happiness isn’t always the best way to be happy. – Judith.
You know what I say. If you got a problem, eat it. – Judith.
There must be more to life than having everything! – Maurice Sendak, Author
And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws. – Maurice Sendak, Author
When you go home, will you say good things about us? – The Bull
Small is good. My powers are able to slip right through the cracks. – Max
You’re funny looking. That’s all. – KW
The snowplows left some snow across the street, and I dug a hole into it. – Max
Um, Max? Get off the counter, please. Get off. I have a friend here. You’re embarrassing me! – Max’s Mom
Then I have a double re-cracker, which can get through anything in this whole universe. And that’s the end, and there’s nothing more powerful after that, ever. Period. – Max
There is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality. – Maurice Sendak, Author
There were some buildings. There were these really tall buildings, and they could walk. Then there were some vampires. And one of the vampires bit the tallest building, and his fangs broke off. Then all his other teeth fell out.
Then he started crying. And then, all the other vampires said, ‘Why are you crying? Weren’t those just your baby teeth?’ And he said, No. Those were my grown-up teeth.’ And the vampires knew he couldn’t be a vampire anymore, so they left him. The end. – Max
You know what? You can’t do that back to me. If we’re upset, your job is not to get upset back at us. Our job is to be upset. If I get mad and wanna eat you, then you have to say, ‘Oh, okay. You can eat me. I love you. Whatever makes you happy, Judith.’ That’s what you’re supposed to do! – Judith
Frozen corn is real. All right, now get off the chair, please. Go tell your sister to clear her stuff off the table. – Max’s Mom
We were gonna make a whole world like this. Now, everyone used to come here, but you know—you know what it feels like when all your teeth are falling out really slowly and you don’t realize and then you notice that, well, they’re really far apart. And then one day—you don’t have any teeth anymore. – Carol
Max: Are those other kings?
Carol: Oh, those? I don’t know anything about that. Those were like that when we got here.
And on our way, I can show you your kingdom. This is all yours. You’re the owner of this world. Everything you see is yours. Oh, except that hole over there, that’s Ira’s. The tree’s yours, but the hole is Ira’s. But everything else is yours.
Except for that rock over there, that’s not yours. That little rock next to the big rock. But everything else in the kingdom, except for that stick. That little stick right there, that’s not yours. I want you to be king forever, Max. – Carol
Carol: So, whatever happened with you and the Vikings?
Max: Well, in the end, I had to leave.
You’re the first king we haven’t eaten. – Judith
A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful. – Maurice Sendak, Author
You’re not really a king, are you? – Alexander
Oh, a secret, huh? Let me ask you something. How does it work around here? Are we all the same or are some of us better than others or you like to play favorites, huh, king? Ow. – Judith
Don’t give me that. I can see how it is. The king has favorites. That’s really cute. Ow! Stop! Do you have a favorite color? Hey, can I be your favorite color? – Judith
Hey king, watch this. All right tree, we’ll settle this later. – Carol
I didn’t wanna wake you up, but I really wanna show you something. – Carol
Yeah, it’s gonna be as tall as twelve of you and six of me. And only we can get in. We can have an ice cream parlor. A swimming pool with a bottom that’s a trampoline. – Max
Max: Hey, Claire. Wanna see something great?
Claire: Who else was there?
Max: It’s an igloo! I made it.
He’s just a boy, pretending to be a wolf, pretending to be king. – Maurice Sendak, Author
Hey, KW, you wanna be on my team? We’re the bad guys. – Alexander
That very night in Max’s room a forest grew and grew—and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around. – Maurice Sendak, Author
Children do live in fantasy and reality. They move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do. – Maurice Sendak, Author