The Little Prince

To my beautiful naïve flower,

"You must be very patient," replied the fox. "First you will sit down at a little distance from me--like that--in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . ."
"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember. (Chapter 21)

"What I see here is nothing but a shell. What is most important is invisible . . ." (Chapter 24)

"The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen . . ."
"It is just as it is with the flower. If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers . . ."
"You know--my flower . . . I am responsible for her. And she is so weak! She is so naïve! She has four thorns, of no use at all, to protect herself against all the world . . ." (Chapter 26)

If you've never read The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), these words probably mean nothing to you. It is one of the greatest books and is very easy to read, since practically it's a children book. And it is true that the meanings in the book changes as time passes and you read it again.


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