Book Notes: The Little Prince

The book summarizes journey of Little Prince, the interplanetary traveler: his adventure all along the journey. It included meeting inhabitants from other planets and understanding their priorities..”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote this book in french which later got translated to many other languages. It is just of 100 odd pages, one reason why i bought it and finished it in a single sitting. The style of writing made me wonder if the author was interested in  philosophy.

It seemed to me that author was sharing his life memories in the form of Little Prince.

Fun fact: Little Prince owned 2 little volcanoes on his planet and he cleaned its ashes. He also had a flower plant which he took good care of.

I will be distributing a few copies of this book to some of my friends, which also means I enjoyed reading it.  🙂

Some interesting lines, notes from the book :

  • He did not know, how the world is simplified for kings. To them, all men are subjects.
  • It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, than you are indeed man of true wisdom.
  • Conceited people never hear anything but the praise.
  • For, to conceited men, all other men are admirers.
  • For it is possible for a man to be faithful and lazy at the same time.
  • Intoxicated men see double.
  • When one wishes to play the wit, he sometimes wanders a little from the truth.
  • I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.
  • One only understands the things that one tames.
  • What is essential is invisible to the eye.
  • It is a good thing to have a friend, even if one is about to die.
  • What is most important is invisible.
  • Men set out their way in express trains, but they do not know what they are looking for. Then they rush about , and get excited, and turn around and around…
  • One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets himself be tamed …
  • The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen…
  • “ I know a planet where is a certain red-faced gentleman. He has 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.  And all day he says over and over, just like you: ‘I am busy with matters of consequence! ‘ And that makes him swell up with pride. But he is not a man – he is mushroom!”