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20 Important Quotes from The Little Prince

Last updated on Nov 6th, 2019

20 Important Quotes from The Little Prince

The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) is an allegorical novella written by French aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944), first published in 1943.

The Little Prince tells the story about a young boy who leaves his small planet in order to travel the universe. During his journey to the Earth and further, he learns the moodiness of the adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters.

The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language and the fourth most-translated book in the world. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.

All grown-ups were once children first. But few of them remember it. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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All grown-ups were once children first. But few of them remember it.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: All grown-ups were once children — although few of them remember it.)
To Leon Werth, Preface
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.)
Chapter I
When someone wants a sheep, that proves he exists. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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When someone wants a sheep, that proves he exists.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.)
Chapter IV
Children should be very understanding of grown-ups. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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Children should be very understanding of grown-ups.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: Children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people.)
Chapter IV
It's sad to forget a friend. Not everyone has a friend. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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It’s sad to forget a friend. Not everyone has a friend.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend.)
Chapter IV
When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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When you’ve finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: When you’ve finished your own toilet in the morning, then it is time to attend to the toilet of your planet, just so, with the greatest care.)
Chapter V
It's so mysterious, the land of tears. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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It’s so mysterious, the land of tears.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: It is such a secret place, the land of tears.)
Chapter VII
It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it's because you are truly a wise man. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it’s because you are truly a wise man.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: 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.)
Chapter X
Only the children know what they're looking for. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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Only the children know what they’re looking for.Chapter XXII
People haven't time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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People haven’t time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more.)
Chapter XXI
Language is the source of misunderstandings. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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Language is the source of misunderstandings.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: Words are the source of misunderstandings.)
Chapter XXI
You're lovely, but you're empty. One couldn't die for you. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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You’re lovely, but you’re empty. One couldn’t die for you.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you.)
Chapter XXI
One sees clealy only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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One sees clealy only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.)
Chapter XXI
It's the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.)
Chapter XXI
People have forgotten this truth. But you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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People have forgotten this truth. But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: Men have forgotten this truth. But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.)
Chapter XXI
No one is ever satisfied where he is. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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No one is ever satisfied where he is.Chapter XXII
What makes the desert beautiful, is that it hides a well somewhere... - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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What makes the desert beautiful, is that it hides a well somewhere…
(Translation by Katherine Woods: What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well…)
Chapter XXIV
But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: The eyes are blind. One must look with the heart…)
Chapter XXV
People have stars, but they aren't the same. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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People have stars, but they aren’t the same.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: All men have the stars, but they are not the same things for different people.)
Chapter XXVI
For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they're nothing but tiny lights. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (The Little Prince Quotes)
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For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they’re nothing but tiny lights.
(Translation by Katherine Woods: For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky.)
Chapter XXVI