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 — although few of them remember it.To Leon Werth, Preface
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.Chapter I
If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.Chapter IV
Children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people.Chapter IV
To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend.Chapter IV
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 is such a secret place, the land of tears.Chapter VII
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 are looking for.Chapter XX
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
Words are the source of misunderstandings.Chapter XXI
You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you.Chapter XXI
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.Chapter XXI
It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.Chapter XXI
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.Chapter XXII
What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well…Chapter XXIV
The eyes are blind. One must look with the heart… Chapter XXV
All men have the stars, but they are not the same things for different people.Chapter XXVI
For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky.Chapter XXVI