“Good-bye,” said the fox. “Here is my secret. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
“Anything essential is invisible to the eyes,” the little prince repeated, in order to remember.
“It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It’s the time I spent on my rose…,” the little prince repeated, in order to remember.
“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose…”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in ‘The Little Prince’
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – (1900-1944) was born in Lyons, flew as a pilot for many years, and also during the Second World War. He wrote many award winning books including ‘Night Flight’, ‘Wind, Sand and Stars’, ‘Flight to Arras’ and ‘Letter to a Hostage’. His classic and perhaps most famous work, ‘The Little Prince’, appeared in 1943. The author’s plane was shot down a year later over the Mediterranean.
Written for children, the fable nevertheless appeals to adults also. In his dedication where the author asks children to forgive him for dedicating the book to a grown-up, he wrote: “All grown-ups were children first. (But few of them remember it.)