"I have walked the long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret — that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance that I have come. But I can rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 

may you rest now for another moment…  i have no doubt you will linger not in death but your spirit will soar with the vision of millions of others who work for peace and freedom and justice for all of this planet.  

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 Fresh Air in 2011. [all interviews with Sendak here] (via nprfreshair)

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