Comm 102 Spring Semester 2006
Stories and Philosophy
The Little Prince -
Key Quotations

What evidence can you find to show that the “pilot” was unauthentic when the Little Prince first met him? 

 How (when he was younger) did the Pilot decide whether someone were “clear-sighted”? How did the Little Prince test whether the Pilot were clear-sighted?

 He …”who asked me so many questions, never seemed to hear the ones I asked him”.

“He did not reply”, “He buried himself in the contemplation of his treasure”.

“I caught a gleam of light in the impenetrable mystery of his presence”

 What is the significance of the references to the Turkish astronomer?

 “The proof that the little prince existed is that he was charming, that he laughed, and that he ws looking for a sheep. If anyone wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.”

 …’seeds are invisible’ p. 20

They sleep deep in the heart of the earth’s darkness, until someone among them is seized with the desire to awaken.

 “When I made the drawing of the baobabs I was carried beyond myself by the inspiring force of urgent necessity”.

What are the baobabs a metaphor for? What is a planet a metaphor for?

 “It was thanks to the sheep-the secret of the little prince’s life was revealed to me.”

“It is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars”. P. 28

 “It is such a secret place, the land of tears”

 “She chose her colors with the greatest care”. P. 29

 The flower “and I was born at the same moment as the sun…” p. 30

 “She had come in the form of a seed. She could not have known anything of any other worlds”. P. 31.

 “…he put his planet in perfect order. He carefully cleaned out his active volcanoes…so he cleaned out the extinct volcano too. P.32

 “…I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies”. P. 34

 The little prince cries.  The flower cries.

 “Over what could this king really rule?” Can you answer this question posed by the little prince?

 “Then you shall judge yourself”, the king answered. “That is the most difficult thing of all. It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom”. P. 39

 On matters of consequence, the little prince had ideas which were very different from those of the grown-ups. P. 47

 “It may well be that this man is absurd…And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful” (pp. 47.48)

 “orders are orders” – the lamplighter p. 48

 “he felt that he loved this lamplighter who was so faithful to his orders”.

 Little Prince: “Your planet is very beautiful”…

Geographer: “I couldn’t tell you” (p. 52) 

Geographer: “We do not record flowers…because they are ephemeral…we write of eternal things”

 “They (grown-ups) fancy themselves as important as the baobabs” p. 57

 Snake: “It is also lonely among men”. P. 58

 Flower on Earth: “The wind blows them (men) away. They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult”. P. 60 

Little Prince: “I am all alone” p. 61 

Fox: “I cannot play wit you…I am not tamed…but if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world”.

 Fox: “One only understand the things that one tames…Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shopes.

 “Words are the source of misunderstandings”.

 “Only the children know what they are looking for” p. 73

 “The stars are beautiful, because of a flower that cannot be seen”. P. 75

 “What makes the desert beautiful…is that somewhere it hides a well”. 

“But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart”. P. 79

 “All men have stars…but they are not the same things for different people”. P.85


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