Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I highly recommend reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is famous as a children’s story in Europe. But this is no children’s story. It takes a more mature mind to fully appreciate the deeper themes.

One of the main messages is the importance of sentimentality and placing meaning on things. It is by giving things meaning that we give our very lives meaning.

“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”

“To establish ties?”

“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

We should maintain all the good aspects of childishness while removing the bad aspects. Definitely one for reading over and over again because you always pick up something new.

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19 comments
  1. Thank you for motivating us to reread this great book. Best regards

  2. one can read it again and still find new things

  3. I love what the fox said. I had forgotten this.

  4. C. said:

    The thing I love the most about this book is that you can read in at all age. You’ll like it – weather you’re 6 or 100 years old. Probably there aren’t many other books like this one…

    • It is great. And I really relate to a lot of the aspects of the little prince’s view of the world.

  5. T Hollis said:

    Shocking that I have never read The Little Prince. Thanks for the encouragement to do so.
    And thanks for following!

  6. melanie said:

    It’s been “my book” since my highschool years… St-Ex is a genius, “un homme de la Renaissance” and one of my favourite French writers, I’m really lucky to live about 4km away from the airfield where he used to take off and to land many times before he vanished in the Mediterranean Sea, in August 1944, RIP… I’ve recently dedicated a post to him:
    http://balauru.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/vol-de-nuit-reykjavikkeflavik-paris-cdg/
    – – –
    Glad to have discovered your awesome blog… My very best, tons of inspiraiton and friendly thoughts from Toulouse(France) – the European capital of space and aviation… :-) Have a great week and good luck in all your endeavours! Cheers, Mélanie NB
    – – –
    P.S. I like your avatar… :-)

  7. Aloysius Graham said:

    One of favourite books!

  8. A good friend of mine just suggested this book! I think I’ll give it a read!

  9. Next post:.the meaning of stories and how they hold the fabric of our lives intact…everyday you are weaving your story and one day like a warm coat or a mantle covered with stars you will wear it and shine.

  10. leamuse said:

    J’adore le petit prince!

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you will continue to enjoy the posts.

  11. Good book. Great message. Thank you for introducing yourself through
    my blog. I am so happy to meet you here. :)

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