Quotes from The Little Prince

I once let my dad borrow The Little Prince and told him to read it. After he finished and gave it back to me, I asked him, “So what’d you think?” The first thing he said was, “I don’t get it.”

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t read books and hasn’t read The Little Prince, I would advise you to take 2-3 hours and read it. Read it before you become a grown-up. In fact, you can read it online for free.

From Chapter 1:

Whenever I met one of [the grown-ups] who seemed to me at all clear-sighted, I tried the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One, which I have always kept. I would try to find out, so, if this was a person of true understanding. But, whoever it was, he, or she, would always say:

“That is a hat.”

Then I would never talk to that person about boa constrictors, or primeval forests, or stars. I would bring myself down to his level. I would talk to him about bridge, and golf, and politics, and neckties. And the grown-up would be greatly pleased to have met such a sensible man.

From Chapter 4:

If I have told you these details about the asteroid, and made a note of its number for you, it is on account of the grown-ups and their ways. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.

If you were to say to the grown-ups: “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,” they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: “I saw a house that cost $20,000.” Then they would exclaim: “Oh, what a pretty house that is!”

2 thoughts on Quotes from The Little Prince

  1. hahaha, 姨丈’s reply is so classic!
    The little prince was on my elementary school’s summer reading list, and our English teacher asked us to read the English translation again in middle school. I thought it must be a well known book in the US too, but apparently not.
    To be honest, I didn’t get it either when I was little. Only when I grew older and I started to ask little kids nothing but quantitative questions then I realized that it was too late :(

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