Meaningful Messages in The Little Prince That Changed Our Lives

After 81 years, The Little Prince still has a message to give. Read on to find the hidden meanings that changed our lives!

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French writer, aristocrat, poet, and aviator. Which one can only presume is what inspired his children’s book: Le Petit Prince. On April 6, 1943 (81 years ago), he published a story about a little boy who strayed from home to explore the galaxy on a plane.

As you read The Little Prince, the surface has this tinted filter of a child’s adventure. On each planet, the boy meets a unique new friend with a bizarre life and job. However, between some of these adventures and the meanings behind the words being said, there is so much more. The messages and symbolism in this book have carried across time, and I wanted to share some of these messages that are true for all adults to this day.

See With Your Heart

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

The Little Prince
A little boy dressed like the little prince, placing a glass vase over his rose.
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“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.”

The Fox

The Little Prince sees this world in a very simplistic way. Sure, there are many complex things and people, but he can see the world as such a beautiful place despite the confusing noise. Many think you need to be smart or logical to understand the world, but truly, you have to do one thing: keep it simple. See with your heart and don’t complicate things. The Little Prince isn’t extremely intelligent, but he is wise. He doesn’t allow the things he sees with his eyes to confuse him. He sees all the minuscule things that life can offer as a means to fill him with simple joy.

The Little Prince cover with a boy looking at his rose on the moon.
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“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.”

The Little Prince

What I learned from this book is that some things are about opening your eyes to faith instead of merely logic. It is when you have faith that things can become incredibly simple. You need faith to discover real wisdom. And then, only then, can you truly find joy.

Talk About The Things You Love

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

The Little Prince
The little prince bonding with his rose on the moon planet, a page in the book.
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“People where you live 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.”

The Little Prince

When the Little Prince goes on a long paragraph about his single rose, his love for her, and how no one can ever compare to her, it is one of the most beautiful quotes in the entire book. The rose hurt his little heart, yet despite that, he would always be hers. He learns not to take such love for granted. He discovers how to love in a way he never believed he could. Out of all the roses in the world, he would disregard all of them for this single rose. A single rose in the entire galaxy is more precious to him than any shiny gem, lavish life, or beautiful object. His rose is the only rose to hold his heart.

A boy dressed as the little prince, hugging a rose with a sunset glow around him.
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However, the most beautiful moment is how he becomes a burst of light when he talks about her. The way he talks about her is one of the loveliest parts of this book.

“If you love a flower which happens to be on a star, it is sweet at night to gaze at the sky. All the stars are a riot of flowers.”

The Little Prince

As an adult, I found this message to be much deeper than I previously expected. I believe something that is very rare but divine is the way we talk about the things and people we truly love. The problem is, we take that love for granted, yes, but we also, at times, aren’t able to convey to others the way we feel.

The Little Prince and his Rose watching the sunset, from the movie adaptation.
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“Of course I love you. It is my fault that you have not known it all the while.”

The Little Prince to His Rose

The message to take away from this example of the Little Prince, is to speak to everyone, anyone, genuinely about the things we love. Listen to how others talk. Watch how they light up, change, and express their love for simple, meaningful things. Look at the way they gently protect that light from ever blowing out. Bottle up those moments and press them to your ears, because they are the rawest beauties this world can offer.

Words Hold Great Power

The little prince on his plane travelling into space, a page in the book.
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“Words are the source of misunderstandings.”

The Fox

This is a beautiful, subtle theme in this book. Many books and people talk but don’t say anything at all. It can sometimes be frustrating. Many misunderstandings, understandably, can grow from this. And this is why I have always adored this particular line. Words have such strong meaning. What we say is important. How we say it is important. Why we say it is important.

The Little Prince from the movie adaptation, reaching for the stars.
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To this day, from the first publication of this book to now, we find words to be the image of our hearts and souls. We use words to convey parts of ourselves. Therefore, it is vital to speak truthfully and with heart. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.

Meaning of The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. A book cartoon cover with a boy on the moon watching the star float by.
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The Little Prince has shaped literature in great measure over the past century. Antoine is one of the masterminds of his time. He created a children’s book with more meaning than most books combined! There are themes of faith, love, appreciation, growth, wisdom, judgment, and many more. Every time you read, there is something else to capture your attention. So, do what Antoine expressed and look with your heart.


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