1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 86 pages
  1. Trying to be witty leads to lying, more or less.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  2. My flower is ephemeral, the little prince said to himself, and she has only four thorns with which to defend herself against the world! And I’ve left her all alone where I live!
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. Fox: “It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important… You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose…”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  4. “People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they are looking for… And yet what they are looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water… But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart!”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  5. Fox: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  6. Snake: “It’s also lonely with people.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  7. Flower: “People? … you never know where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, which hampers them a good deal.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  8. And he felt very unhappy. His flower has told him she was the only one of her kind in the whole universe. And here were five thousand of them, all just alike, in just one garden! She would be very annoyed, he said to himself, if she saw this… She would cough terribly and pretended to be dying, to avoid being laughed at. And I’d have to pretend to be nursing her; otherwise, she’d really let herself die in order to humiliate me. And then he said to himself, I thought I was rich because I had just one flower, and all I own is an ordinary rose. That and three volcanoes, which come up to my knee, one of which may be permanently extinct. It doesn’t make me much of a prince…
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  9. King: “One must command from each what each can perform. Authority is based first of all upon reason.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  10. King: “Then you shall pass judgement on yourself. That is the hardest thing of all. 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-Exupéry
  11. “What a rite?” asked the little prince. “That’s another thing that’s been too often neglected,” said the fox. “It’s the fact that one day is different from the other days, one hour from the other hours.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  12. Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he like best?” “Does he collect butterflies?” They ask: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weight?” “How much money does his father make?” Only then do they think they know him. If you tell grown-ups, “I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof…,” they won’t be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them, “I saw a house worth a hundred thousand francs.” Then they exclaim, “What a beautiful house”.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  13. Little Prince: “You confuse everything… You’ve got it all mixed up! … I know a planet inhabited by a red-faced gentleman. He’s never smelled a flower. He’s never looked at a star. He’s never loved anyone. He’s never done anything except add up numbers. And all day long he says over and over, just like you, “I’m a serious man! I’m a serious man!” And that puffs him up with pride. But he’s not a man at all - he’s a mushroom!”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  14. Little Prince: “In those days, I didn’t understand anything. I should have judged her according to her actions, not her words. She perfumed my planet and lit up my life. I should never have run away! I ought to have realized the tenderness underlying her silly pretensions. Flowers are so contradictory! But I was too young to know how to love her.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  15. “The only things you learn are the things you tame,” said the fox. “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. If you want a friend, tame me!”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry