Published in French (as Le Petit Prince) and English in April 1943, The Little Prince has become Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's most successful book with more than 140 million copies sold worldwide and translated into more than 300 languages and dialects. Personally, it is the book I'm most likely to hand to someone if they've never read it (I always have a few extra copies hanging around for such occasions).
If you are not familiar with the book, it's a quick read (clocking in at under 100 pages in most editions with drawings) narrated by an aviator who crashed his plane in the middle of the Sahara Desert. With eight days of water and limited supplies for fixing his aircraft, the narrator encounters a boy from another planet.
Here are 12 quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince that cover love, misfortune, language, writing, and more.
12 magical quotes from The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."
"I like my misfortunes to be taken seriously."
"I was too young to know how to love her."
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"It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others."
"It's so mysterious, the land of tears."
"Language is the source of misunderstandings."
"No one is ever satisfied where he is.'"
"The fact is, I don't want my book to be taken lightly."
"Vain men never hear anything but praise."
"We write eternal things."
"You become responsible for what you've tamed."
"You'll have stars that can laugh!"