Sunday, June 20, 2010

Le Petit Prince {The Little Prince}

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." 

Le Petit Prince - Here's a book that speaks to everyone. A book that's a must-read. Inspiring and beautiful, it was written in 1943 by French aviator Saint-Exupéry. It has been translated in over 180 languages with various versions of illustrations. The original had the illustrations by the author himself. 
It is said that the book is inspired by a real account of Expuery's life where he and his navigator had crashed in the Sahara and were only discovered after the fourth day of surviving with very little water, no food and completely dehydrated. They were in a bad condition and it is said that after the second day in the dessert they were both `seeing things' - mirages, hallucinations..
The fox character likely was inspired by his encounter of seeing a desert fox during this time. 

"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again."

"You're lovely, but you're empty," he went on. "One couldn't die for you. Of course an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than you altogether, since she's the one I've watered. Since she's the one I put under glass. Since she's the one I sheltered behind a screen. Since she's the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except for two or three for butterflies). Since's she the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she's 
my rose." 

"It is such a secret place, the land of tears."

"But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise."

“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

“I know a planet where there is a certain red-faced gentleman. He had never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved any one. He has never done anything in his life but   add up figures.”

... when someone blushes, doesn't that mean "yes"? 

"The proof that the little prince existed is that he laughed, and that the he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists."

Little Prince inspired artwork by Sarah
visit her etsy shop here to buy this - 40$

"If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself: 'Somewhere, my flower is there...' But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened...And you think that is not important!"

 "I have had, in the course of my life, lots of encounters and lots of serious people. I have spent lots of time with grown-ups. I have seen them at close range... which haven't much improved my opinion of them."
lemon5ky's little prince inspired art at deviantart
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 weigh?" "How much money does his father make?" Only then do they think they know him. 
Sandra's Little Prince inspired artwork - 11$ sandra's artwork - buy it here

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 pretty house!"

 "When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey."
28$ - buy it here
"All grown-ups were children first. (But few remember it). "


sandybau said...

Hi Neha! Thank you so much for including my Little Prince!! You have a beautiful blog!!

Swati said...

Love this book! Very nice blog, I like!! :)

Neha Ramabhadran said...

Thanks Sandra, I love YOUR work!! It's really something..
:) Adding you to my blogroll!

Swati - Thanks, keep visiting! :)

Anonymous said...

Must pick it up again and read it.. thanks for this lovely entry and love all all the artwork too!


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