Sunday, April 10, 2011

Essential Wisdom from the collected works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I first came across "The Little Prince" more than 10 years ago... the beautiful book cover caught my attention. Yes, it's the 'same' prince that you see in this photo. But from a different perspective :)

It's a fairy tale, that describes, from the eyes of the child, his experience and "how" to see things - a pretty different perspective. It's an easy read to children, yet, it carries deep insights when we start to chew the story... yes, the essence would slowly seep through, and the 'taste' of life slowly comes through...

Picked up this title, basically, it comes with quotes, quotes from a few titles by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
  • Night Flight
  • Wind, Sand and Stars
  • Flight to Arras
  • The Little Prince
  • The Wisdom of the Sands
  • Wartime Writings 1939-1944

Some nice quotes...
  • The friend within the man is that part of him which belongs to you and opens to you a door which never, perhaps, is opened to another. Such a friend is true, and all he says is true; and he loves you even if he hates you in other mansions of his heart. ~ The Wisdom of the Sands
  • You'll be bothered from time to time by storms, fog, snow. When you are, think of those who went through it before you and say to yourself, "What they could do, I can do." ~ Wind, Sand and Stars
  • One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. ~ The Little Prince
  • Very often the essential is weightless. Here the essential seems to have been merely a smile. A smile is often the most essential thing. One is repaid by a smile. One is rewarded by a smile. One is animated by a smile. ~ Wartime Writings 1939-1944
  • To know is not to prove, nor to explain. It is to accede to vision. ~ Flight to Arras
More about the works by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

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