‘The Little Prince’: the best phrases and life lessons that it teaches children

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‘The Little Prince’: the best phrases and life lessons that it teaches children

‘The Little Prince’: the best phrases and life lessons that it teaches children

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 .

It does not matter if it is read at ten, thirty or sixty years old, ‘The Little Prince’ always has something new to teach us.

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.

“If you tame me, then we will need each other, you will be unique to me, unique in the world and I will be unique to you”

True friendship is above material issues:

“Men no longer have time to know anything; they buy ready-made things from merchants; but since there is no merchant of friends, men no longer have friends”

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.

“It is not the quantity that matters, but the quality of time we spend with a friend. Some need days and others only five minutes”

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 .

“Here is my secret, which could not be simpler: only with the heart can one see well; what is essential is invisible to the eye”

It teaches us not to stay on the surface and look beyond what the eyes see.

“He fell in love with its flowers and not its roots, and in the fall he didn’t know what to do”

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:

“The time you spent with your rose is what makes her so important to you.”

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.

“It’s crazy to hate all the roses just because one pricked you. To give up all your dreams just because one of them didn’t come true.”
“It will be necessary for me to support two or three caterpillars, if I want to know the butterflies”

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.

“All grown-ups were children at first, although few of them remember it”
“Old people can never understand something by themselves and it is very boring for children to have to give them explanations over and over again”

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:

“Love is the full confidence that no matter what happens you will be, not because you owe me anything, not with selfish possession, but to be, in silent company”

chase dreams

Obstacles are not impediments to always pursue the dreams we have set for ourselves. Follow the signs and look for your star.

“I wonder if the stars light up so that one day, everyone can find their own”

cultivate self-awareness

Cultivate the look towards ourselves, learn to look inward or stop judging others by appearances.

“It is much more difficult to judge yourself than to judge others. If you manage to judge yourself well, you are a true sage”

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.

“You should never listen to the flowers. You should only look at them and smell them. Mine perfumed my planet, but I was not able to be happy about it”

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