Notes
June 17, 2020

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Reading Time: 2 Minutes

Saint-Exupéry On Adults

  • All grown-ups began life as children, though few of them remember this.

  • The way you dress correlates to how grown-ups think of you.

  • Grown-ups love to talk about numbers. When you tell them you have made a new friend, they never ask for the essential information.

  • If you say to grown-ups, 'I've seen a beautiful house made of pink bricks, with geraniums in the windows', they won't be able to visualize it. It would be best if you said, 'I've seen a house worth a hundred pounds.' Then they will exclaim, 'What a beautiful house!'

Saint-Exupéry On Authority

  • Authority rests primarily on reasonableness.

  • For a king, things are straightforward. Everyone is a subject.

Saint-Exupéry On Growth

  • It is much more difficult to judge yourself than to judge others. If you can judge yourself accurately, it means you have true wisdom.

  • It's easy to put off things you have to do.

  • Sadness is such a mysterious place.

  • 'What's a ritual?' said the little prince. 'It's something most people have forgotten about,' said the fox. 'It's what makes one day different from another, one hour from another hour.'

  • How will you ever know what a butterfly is like if you can't put up with a few caterpillars?

  • It's time you've spent on your rose that makes your rose so precious.

Saint-Exupéry On Humans

  • People take up only a tiny part of Earth.

  • 'Where are all the people?' asked the little prince. 'It's rather lonely in the desert.' 'It's rather lonely among people, too,' said the snake.

  • People are never happy where they are.

  • People no longer have time to get to know anything. They buy everything ready-made from shops. But since there are no friend shops, people no longer have any friends.

Saint-Exupéry On Relationships

  • If you tame me, then we'll need each other. You'll be unique to me, and I'll be unique to you.

  • You're responsible for whatever you tame.

  • Only the heart sees clearly. The eyes don't know what's important.

  • Whether it's a house, the stars or a desert, what makes it beautiful is invisible.

Saint-Exupéry On Show-Offs

  • To a show-off, other people are admirers.

  • Show-offs hear only praise.