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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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                    Last Updated on October 15, 2019

                    How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                    How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                    What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                    To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                    All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                    There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                    With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                    What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                    1. Think Big

                      From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                      “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                      There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                      Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                      Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                      Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                      Instead be ambitious.

                      2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                        From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                        “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                        This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                        Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                        If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                        Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                        Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                        Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                        3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                          From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                          “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                          All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                          If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                          However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                          If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                          In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                          To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                          4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                            From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                            “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                            There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                            Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                            His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                            He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                            Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                            Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                            If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                            5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                              From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                              “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                              This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                              It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                              If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                              Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                              6. Be a Person of Action

                                From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                Applying this to you?

                                Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                  From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                  The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                  The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                  People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                  This is key to good leadership.

                                  It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                  But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                  What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                  As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                  8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                    From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                    “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                    It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                    Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                    If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                    9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                      From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                      “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                      Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                      It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                      Keep dreaming!

                                      10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                        From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                        “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                        Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                        Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                        If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                        However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                        11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                          From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                          “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                          It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                          When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                          Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                          If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                          This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                          12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                            From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                            “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                            You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                            Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                            True success comes from work.

                                            You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                            Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                            13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                              From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                              “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                              In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                              If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                              It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                              Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                              Final Thoughts

                                              What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                              Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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