The little prince is a little book with penetrating messages. An adult book masked as a children book. You should read this book even if you are not into book reading. Plus it is really, really small book.
There are many hidden messages in this book. I’ve noted few which resonated with me the most.
The little prince crossed the desert and met with only one flower. It was a flower with three petals, a flower of no account at all.
“Good morning”, said the little prince.
“Good morning,” said the flower.
“Where are the men?” the little prince asked politely.
The flower had once seen a caravan passing.
“Men?” she echoed. “I think there are six or seven of them in existence. I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots and that makes their life very difficult.”
We have no roots. No values. No virtues. We want it all and don’t like what we get. That makes our lives miserable.
It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.(location 387)
It is possible for a man to be faithful and lazy at the same time.(location 509)
I am the best guy to understand this. Faithful, and amm…lazy…
“Goodbye,” he said. ”
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. “It is the time you wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It is the time I have waster to my rose-” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
“Men have forgotten this truth.” said the fox.
“But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…”
“I am responsible for my rose.” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember. (location 706)
The essential is invisible to eye, and inaudible to ears. Our heart knows everything. Listen to it.
And We are responsible for our everyone and everything we tame. Including our job, our spouse, house, street, city, country. And planet.
“Good morning,’ said the little prince.
“Good morning,” said the railway switchman.
“What do you do here?” the little prince asked.
“I sort out travelers, in bundles of thousand,” said the switchman. “I send off the trains that carry them: now to the right, now to the left.”
And a brilliantly lighted express train shook the switchman’s cabin as it rushed by with a roar like thunder.
“They are in a great hurry,” said the little prince. “What are they looking for?”
“Not even the locomotive engineer knows that,” said the switchman.
And a second brilliantly lighted express thundered by, in the opposite direction.
“Are they coming back already?” demanded the little prince.
“There are not the satisfied where they were?” asked the little prince.
“No one is ever satisfied where he is,” said the switchman.
And they heard the roaring thunder of a third brilliantly lighted express.
“Are they pursuing the first travelers?” Demanded the little prince.
“They are pursuing nothing at all,” said the switchman. “They are asleep in there, or if they are not asleep they are yawning. Only the children are flattening their noses against the windowpanes.”
“Only the children know what they are looking for,” said the little prince. “They waste time over a rag of doll and it becomes very important to them; and if anybody takes it away from them, they cry…”
“They are lucky,” the switchman said.
Get inspired by children. Learn from children. Perhaps, only they know what they want.
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