Maurice Sendak on independence

“You’ve got to be strong and independent, and not worry about what anybody says. That’s not hard, not hard, but not easy. Because in all of us, there’s a little schtickle, something wants to be acclaimed and wants to be rewarded and wants to be told, right? So if you don’t have that, does that mean you fail? No. It just means you’re frustrated. And you deplore that part of you, that little schtickle that nags.”

— Maurice Sendak