I loved the below quotes from chapter 21 of the book – The Little Prince, which though is a children’s book, has some intriguing and deep perspectives for human life. I think that the book is a beautiful amalgam of a complex yet simple metaphor for life with a simplified story that urges the reader to explore the depths of social connections in a way like never before. It compels us to think about the people who mean something more than just a name in our lives and why they make us feel the way they do…
Do these below quotes make you think of something deep? Of some special people? Someone who has tamed you? Someone you have tamed? Someone you feel responsible for? Let me know in the comments below… If you have other favorite quotes from this book, do let me know 🙂
“I cannot play with you,” the fox said. “I am not tamed.”
“What does that mean–‘tame’?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
….To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . .
…But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. “
“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox.
“Men have no more time to understand anything.”
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
“What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince.
“You must be very patient,“ replied the fox. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me–like that–in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . .”