Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince is one of those children's books that's really a grown-up book in disguise. I try to reread it every year or so just to make sure my life is on the right track.

The Little Prince is the tale of a pilot who finds himself lost in the Sahara Desert. The pilot befriends a little prince who teaches him some important life lessons. The book is based on Saint-Exupéry's real life experiences as an aviator, and as a fellow human being.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's masterpiece sounds prettier in French, but I have to admit that I understand it better in English. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets himself be tamed."

"And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend."

"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
If you would like to read more about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince, check out these free websites:
Farlex's Free Dictionary.

To learn even more, please visit your local library. Here at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center at NSU, we offer free access to subscription databases such as Children's Literature Database, Biography Resource Center, and NetLibrary.