I was eleven years old the first time I read ‘The Little Prince’ and it didn’t strike me as the wonderful book that was so highly recommended. I didn’t understand him, but there was something about him that attracted me. I always kept it close at hand and every now and then I read a fragment again, to look at the drawings, I kept thinking and over time I fell in love with that little pocket book that I still have and read with my daughters.
‘The Little Prince’ , the novel written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the most widely read non-religious book in the world and translated into three hundred languages, turns 79 these days . Today it has become a classic and essential reading for children (and not so young) for the life lessons it teaches us and the values it transmits.
A book for children (and not so children)
Although it was conceived as a children’s book, ‘The Little Prince’ is a children’s book for all ages .
It is a philosophical writing about life that, like all great works, does not lose its validity and transcends generation after generation. The boy who travels the planets with his scarf around his neck makes us reflect on universal themes such as love, friendship and loneliness .
Regardless of how old you are when you read it, it is a book that leaves its messages engraved on fire through inspiring phrases .
Phrases and life lessons of ‘The Little Prince’
The value of friendship
The chapter on the friendship of ‘The Little Prince’ and the fox is one of the longest and most beautiful in the book. When the fox asks him to tame him to be friends , he looks for a way to bond, to have each other. Check out more interesting topics on our site Faith Blog.
True friendship is above material issues:
cultivate true friendship
Creating a relationship with a person implies dedication and responsibility to what we have tamed. “All men are alike (…). But, if you tame me, my life will be filled with sunshine,” the fox tells the Little Prince. He rescues true friendship over time and distance.
Value people for their essence
Beyond appearances, it highlights the importance of seeing inside people, the true essence of each one, what makes them special above the rest .
It teaches us not to stay on the surface and look beyond what the eyes see.
Dedicate time to the people we love
It seems unbelievable that a book written 75 years ago is so relevant today when technology prevents us from cultivating personal relationships, talking to each other, spending time with those we love and especially with our children.
The love for your rose, a symbol of love, must be cultivated and cared for day by day, with patience. One of my favorite quotes, which as a mother especially moves me:
Spirit of overcoming
Do not let yourself be overcome by difficulties or faint when life gives us a setback. Just because something goes wrong doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying.
Don’t lose your child’s gaze
If there is a constant in the work of Saint-Exupéry, it is the praise of childhood . Parents want our children to be happy adults and we forget that for that to happen, they must first be happy children.
Pure and selfless love
Seeing life through the prism of love towards others is what makes us whole as people. ‘The Little Prince’ gives us a great lesson in selfless love:
Obstacles are not impediments to always pursue the dreams we have set for ourselves. Follow the signs and look for your star.
Cultivate the look towards ourselves, learn to look inward or stop judging others by appearances.
Appreciate the little things
We should take more time to enjoy the truly important things in life and find happiness in them, such as watching a sunset, contemplating a flower or, for parents, spending time with our children.