05/08/2012 07:37 pm ET | Updated May 09, 2012

Maurice Sendak: Favorite Feel-Good Maurice Sendak Quotes

Maurice Sendak, the late author and illustrator of "Where The Wild Things Are" and "Chicken Soup With Rice", will long be remembered for his writing.

In his obituary in the New York Times, Sendak was described as "the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche."

But beyond his books -- all masterworks of the imagination -- the literary legend will also remain in the hearts of many thanks to his honest wit and curmudgeonly charm.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from the master storyteller.

Remembering Maurice Sendak