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Lessons of Love and Friendship: Find them in The Little Prince

Updated on November 29, 2011
The Little Prince and the fox. From the Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery.
The Little Prince and the fox. From the Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery. | Source
"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." Exupery. The author completed the book at Northport, NY in 1942.
"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." Exupery. The author completed the book at Northport, NY in 1942. | Source

By Mirna Santana

The Little Prince was written by Antoine the Saint Exupery, a French writer and pilot. The book was published in 1943. This book has been one of my favorite books perhaps since I was about 11 years old. I can always find a lesson, inspiration, or a reason to smile while reading it. Like the Little Prince says, if you have a bad day, you can always look forward to the sunset. This book is one of my many sunsets and so are my friends.
In a way the Little Prince is not a book for kids, though usually is sold as such. It is a treatise about humans and humanity. It teaches us to appreciate the essence of life.

What are the essential things that top the list of important things for The Little Prince? Some examples, without any particular order are: love, friendship, ideas, the essence of a person, the color of a wheat field, the stars, the mountains,someones' smiles, and the essence of being humans. If you have not read this story carefully, I strongly recommend it to you. Because, I believe that when the Little Prince tame you--as it once did to me... you will be changed forever!

On Friendship: The fox says “For me you are just like a hundred thousand other little boys...But if you tame me, we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me. I’ll be the only fox in the world for you...”
“I am beginning to understand the Little Prince says...there is a flower..She is not like a thousand other flowers, she has tamed me..” I am unique to her and she is unique to me.

Friendship is worth all the troubles...because one goes in life gathering such wonderful memories, and a few tears are really nothing. Yet that too is part of it...because it means the other matters to us--and most likely we do matter to them too.

When the fox and the Little Prince get ready for their departure from each other, the fox weeps...and said to the Little Prince that from that day on, the color of the wheat field that used to be non-relevant to him, would remind him of a little boy whose hair was like the golden color of the wheat fields. As with all our friends, who grant us gifts, some of which we are not able to see...the fox granted the Little Prince a gift. Here is my secret, the fox said, it is quite simple: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

The important thing is what can’t be seen...” said the Little Prince to the pilot. “It is the same for the water you gave me”....And we all know in our hearts what our friends have given us...and I am not talking about things but about moments to remember.

PS. Antoine De Saint Exupery dedicated The Little Prince to Leon Werth or to Leon when he was little. With his permission, I will dedicate it to you now, and to you when you were little.Thank you for being someone’s friend. And finally, I dedicate it to you, you know who you are! Thank you for being my friend. Please look up to the stars...I am sending you smiles!

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      Monisajda 6 years ago from my heart

      I agree with you that this book is not really for children, at least younger ones. I remember seeing a movie (that was a long time ago) when I was a child and I didn't like it too much. But now, the truths in this book speak to me and the book is very poetic and beautiful. Thanks for reminding me about Little Prince.

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      MSantana 6 years ago from Madison Wisconsin

      Monisajda-thanks very much for your insights. I have not seen the movie. I am looking forward to see a play of the Little Prince pretty soon. I just re-read the book yesterday.

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      Monisajda 6 years ago from my heart

      The movie was made about 30 something years ago when I was a young child and I saw it in Europe so who knows if it is available in US.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      I have always loved this book. Just recently a puppet company produced The Little Prince to be viewed by the whole of the Primary school where I teach and the children absolutely loved it. Great hub.

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      MSantana 6 years ago from Madison Wisconsin

      Acaetnna, thank you for your comments.

      Plays and representations are great ways to reach kids and adults. I think the author make the drawings for the kids. This book makes a great reading for an adult-kid pair or groups since it can bring about so many questions and lively discussions.

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      anounmos 4 years ago

      Iread the book. Iloved it. iteached

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful and full of love. Thanks, my Friend.

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      MSantana 8 months ago from Madison Wisconsin

      The new movie on Netflix is very different than the book. I will post my comments on this later.

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