The Little Prince

I mostly read non-fiction, but every once in a while the fiction lover in me wakes up. “The Little Prince is a book for grown-ups, I don’t recall much from the time I read it as a kid.” I said. “If I read it this time, I will understand it all”, I thought. Oh boy, I have to revisit this book again when I get wiser. It’s a philosophical story that has a lot of criticism about us grown ups.

My favorite quote from the book is: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” We all know that what is important is being happy, but get caught up in pursuing “serious matters” that ultimately won’t make us happy.

Here are some others:

  • “I thought that I was rich, with a flower that was unique in all the world; and all I had was a common rose… That doesn’t make me a very great prince.”
  • “But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. . . . Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all.  Since she’s my rose”
  • “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
  • “The men where you live raise five thousand roses in the same garden – and they do not find in it what they are looking for. And yet what they are looking for could be found in a single rose. But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.”

Overall, it’s a short read that will make you think.

September 22, 2013

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Sarp is a software developer. He writes about technology, books and software.
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