“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a classic that has been passed down from generation to generation since it was published in 1943. This children’s tale is more than a book for kids; “The Little Prince” is a lesson for life. I read this book my freshman year of high school for summer reading. I can’t believe it took me that long to read it. These are my reasons why I think everyone should read Saint-Exupéry’s unforgettable story.
“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”
“The Little Prince” is a timeless tale because it touches upon childhood, imagination and the inevitability of growing up. The pilot in this story loses touch with that part of himself. It takes a plane-crash, a stay in the desert and some time with the little prince to find it again. While reading this story as a high school student, I never felt that it was written purely for kids. In fact, I reread it often and take away more messages each time.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
One part of the book that sticks out to me is the piece with the rose. The little prince cares as best as he can for this very demanding rose. But he learns a bigger lesson than the few things he did to take care of her. He learns: “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” I can’t help but apply that same concept to various parts of my life, especially when I feel like I’ve lost something I cared about.