"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 has left behind at least one beautiful thing that I've known since before I could even try to read it to myself - Where the Wild Things Are.

via Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak : NPR.