20 Best ‘The Little Prince’ Quotes

A rose by any other name…

In April of 1942, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) was first published. The now beloved novella was the work of the aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The book is, ostensibly, a tale meant for children. It tells the story of (you guessed it) a little prince who lives on an asteroid. His only companion on the asteroid is a rose, who he dearly loves. When he learns the rose has lied to him, he decides to set out and explore new worlds in the hopes of making new friends. He does, and he learns an exceptional amount, and in the process makes amends with his beloved rose. 

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That’s the story in a nutshell, but a quick precis like that just doesn’t do the tale justice. You see, while it’s a “kid’s book,” the tale of the little prince is full of morals that you don’t have to be a child to understand. In fact, the book is so jam-packed with impactful and inspirational quotes that it’s hard to turn a page without spotting one that is particularly inspiring.

Whether you’re new to the book, a fan of the movie, or a longtime reader, these 20 The Little Prince quotes will speak to your inner child just as well as they will to your grown-up side! Check out the vast range of topics about which the book drops some serious knowledge. 

1. On being yourself

“I am who I am and I have the need to be.”

2. On creativity 

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

3. On perception

“But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.”

4. On love 

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

5. On arrogance 

“But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”

6. On hope 

“’What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…’” 

7. On growing up 

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

8. On the stars

“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You — you alone will have stars as no one else has them.”

9. On relationships 

“’Where are the people?’ resumed the little prince at last. ‘It’s a little lonely in the desert…’ ‘It is lonely when you’re among people, too,’ said the snake.”

10. On memory 

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

11. On restlessness 

“No one is ever satisfied where he is.”

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12. On finding happiness 

“’People where you live,’ the little prince said, ‘grow five thousand roses in one garden… Yet they don’t find what they’re looking for… And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose.’”

13. On being in the moment

“What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them… Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”

14. On love, again

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”

15. On emotions 

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

16. On self-assessment 

“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.”

17. On sadness 

“One day, I watched the sun setting forty-four times… You know… when one is so terribly sad, one loves sunsets.”

18. On secrets 

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

19. On tears 

“It is such a mysterious place, the land of tears.”

20. On optimism 

“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”

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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. Her work focuses on relationships, pop culture and news. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr.

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