Some simple but vital truths from the Little Prince

We believe that the Little Prince can still teach any one of us some simple yet profound truths about life. Here are just a few of them.

  • When you’ve finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready.
  • And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see right; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

  • Straight ahead of him, nobody can go very far...
  • It’s the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
  • Grown-ups love numbers... When you tell them you’ve made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, ’What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best?’...Instead they demand ’How old is he?...How much money does his father make?’ Only from these numbers do they think they have learned anything about him.
  • Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it’s tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
  • I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.

  • You know, when one is that sad, one can grow to love the sunset.
  • All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people.
  • ’What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ’is that somewhere it hides a well.’
  • It may be convenient sometimes to put off one’s work until another day. But in the case of baobabs, it is always catastrophic to do so.

  • Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.
  • No one is ever satisfied with where he is.
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  • It’s much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it’s because you’re a truly wise man.

  • If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.
  • To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend.
  • A goal without a plan is just a wish.
  • And all roads lead to the abodes of men.

  • Trying to be witty leads to lying, more or less.
  • Words are the source of misunderstandings.
  • One runs the risk of crying a bit if one allows oneself to be tamed.
  • You’re beautiful, but you’re empty. No one could die for you.
  • One only understands the things that one tames.

  • I should have judged her according to her actions, not her words.
  • Men set out on their way in express trains, but they do not know what they are looking for. Then they rush about, and get excited, and turn round and round... It’s not worth the trouble...But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.
  • You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

Illustrations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry