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Last Updated on April 24, 2018

The Little Prince Quotes That Will Inspire You: Wit and Wisdom Explained

The Little Prince Quotes That Will Inspire You: Wit and Wisdom Explained

I’ve read a lot of books in my time and the number that have stayed in my mind and consciousness forever are very few. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery is one that has never left me.

The story is touching in its beauty and the innocence of both the author and his tiny protagaonist. It is filled with wit and wisdom as well as words and concepts so touching that you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

As Antoine De Saint Exupery was a seasoned air traveler and since his adorable little protagonist was also well versed in getting around, we can learn and be inspired by not only life but travel as well. His words are poetic but hidden inside this story are gems. “What makes a desert beautiful is that it hides a well somewhere.”

Let’s explore more the inspiring The Little Prince quotes:

“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!”

    The world is filled with wonderful things; beautiful things to see, amazing food to taste and most of all one of a kind people to love. Give yourself the chance to love as much as you possibly can.

    Life is love, it is sensation, it is spectacle and wonder. In order to really live you have to experience! Go out and experience everything this wonderful world has to offer!

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    “If they travel one day (the children in France) it could be useful to them. Sometimes there’s no harm in postponing your work until later.”

      Your work will be there for you. It is not going anywhere. Your time, on the other hand, is fleeting and the joys and wonders you want to see and experience may not last.

      Take a vacation from the salt mines and go see the things you want to see. You will never regret it.

      “Its a question of discipline, when you’ve finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet. On the morning of his departure, he put his planet in order, He carefully raked out his active volcanoes.”

        A part of tending to your planet (or your universe) is recognizing all of it.

        You have to see and experience a good part of it to really know what needs to be done to tend to it. What better excuse to go out and see the world? Go tend to your planet and don’t forget to rake out your active volcanoes!

        “In order to make his departure, I believe he took advantage of a flock of wild birds.”

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          While a flock of wild birds would be very useful for traveling from place to place in the city, your arms would get awfully tired on transatlantic flights.

          Take my advice, take a comfy flight and pay a little more for more legroom or a reclining chair. You not only get a comfortable flight, you recoup valuable sleeping time so that you don’t waste time resting when you get to your destination.

          “For me, you are only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me and I’ll be the only fox in the world for you.”

            In this quote, a fox has met the Little Prince and asked him to tame him. The Little Prince asked the fox why he should tame him and this was the fox’s reply.

            In these words, I see reflected experiences with people I have met while traveling. I see people in my village in Italy where I go when I have to run away. I wonder how I could ever live without them now that I have met them.

            People are the greatest treasure this planet has to offer and when you find one that you love, it is a treasure beyond price. There is nothing to compare with the sight of a friend coming up over the horizon. Your face lights up, you feel like laughing and you are in love all over again.

            Be their fox and they will be your little boy. Become tamed by them.

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            “On earth, one sees all kinds of things.”

              This is such a true statement. In all things there is good and bad. In this day and age, there is extreme good and almost unfathomable bad. We have to accept this fact.

              We can, however, acknowledge the bad but truly enjoy the good. The bad of any people is only a handful although what they do can be very upsetting. Don’t judge the many good by the evil few. Simply acknowledge that there are evil in every culture but that does not change the magic of the good ones.

              If where you want to go is under siege or dangerous for some reason, go somewhere else. There are a million places on this planet that are magical.

              “They’re sleeping in there or else they are yawning. Only the children are pressing their noses against the windowpanes. Only the children know what they are looking for.”

                The Little Prince has come across a railway switchman. He has watched as the trains rushed by filled with people, and he didn’t understand why the people were rushing around.

                The switchman tells him that the grown ups are sleeping or yawning but the children have their noses pressed against the window, watching in wonder as the scenery flashes past. For the children, the Earth has not lost her glory and excitement. For the adults, she has become an old hat.

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                Train travel in other countries is filled with possibilities. You pass by houses and villages, each containing someone’s entire universe. It is where they live, where they work and everyone they love. It is interesting. It is not nameless, faceless villages that pass in the night.

                “For the travelers the stars are guides. For others they are nothing but tiny lights. “

                  Imagine looking into the night sky and seeing a million bright guides filled with promise. Then imagine looking up and seeing only tiny lights. All of life is different to a traveler because he has had his world opened. It will never be closed again and he has become an in extricable part of it.

                  “And it’ll be fun! You’ll have five hundred-million little bells; I’ll have five hundred-million springs of fresh water.. And he too said nothing, because he too was weeping.”

                    In this quote, the Little Prince tells our author that because his little boy laugh sounds like little bells, when he looks up in the sky, our author will have five hundred million little bells. One for each star. And because our author makes him think of a blissful drink of fresh well water after a long thirst, he will have five hundred million springs of fresh water, one for each star he sees from where he will be on his planet.

                    Even with this knowledge, the Little Prince was weeping. He reminds us that goodbyes are an inevitable part of living and loving but that in them, we must find something of exquisite beauty. One cannot love without saying goodbye, at least for a little while.

                    “Then if a child comes to you, if he laughs, if he has golden hair, if he doesn’t answer your questions, you’ll know who he is. If this should happen, be kind! Don’t let me go on being so sad; Send word immediately that he has come back.”

                    The Little Prince had made a deal with a snake who, with one bite could send anyone back to where they came from. And our heartbroken author, waking up from hallucinations, send us this plea.

                    It is up to us to find this Little Prince. If you look closely in the eyes of those you meet, you might see him peeking out, Go out and meet him. There is nothing more important than love.

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                    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                    Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                    In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                    And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                    Why is goal setting important?

                    1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                    Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                    For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                    Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                    After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                    So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                    2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                    The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                    The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                    We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                    What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                    3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                    We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                    Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                    But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                    What you truly want and need

                    Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                    Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                    Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                    When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                    Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                    Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                    Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                    Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                    The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                    It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                    Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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