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Grown-ups really are decidedly odd",

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You shall have your sunset. I shall command it. But I shall wait, according to my science of government, until conditions are favorable.

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And walking on like that, I found the well at daybreak.

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So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the time for him to leave was approaching:"Oh!", said the fox. "I am going to cry.""It's your own fault," said the little prince. "I never wished you any harm; but you wanted me to tame you...""I know," said the fox."And now you're going to cry!" said the little prince."I know," said the fox."So you have gained nothing from it at all!""Yes, I have gained something," said the fox, "because of the colour of the corn.

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No one is ever satisfied where he is

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In certain more important details I shall make mistakes, also. But this is something that will not be my fault. My friend never explained anything to me. He thought, perhaps, that I was like himself. But I, alas, do not know how to see sheep through the walls of boxes. Perhaps I am a little like the grown-ups. I have had to grow old.

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Why are you drinking?" demanded the little prince. "So that I may forget," repiled the tipper. "Forget what?" inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him. "Forget that I am ashamed," the tipper confessed, hanging his head. "Ashamed of what?" insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him. "Ashamed of drinking!

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This water was very different from any ordinary food. It was born from the walk under the stars, the song of the pulley, the effort of carrying him in my arms. It did the heart good, like a present. When I was a little boy, the lights of the Christmas tree, the music of the midnight mass, the sweetness of people's smiles, all formed part of the radiance of the Christmas gifts I received.

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For my part,' said the little prince to himself, 'if I had fifty-three minutes to spare, I would take my time walking slowly towards the nearest fountain of water.

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But certainly, for us who understand life, figures are a matter of indifference. I should have liked to begin this story in the fashion of the fairy-tales. I should have like to say: "Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely any bigger than himself, and who had need of a sheep . . ." To those who understand life, that would have given a much greater air of truth to my story.

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When you've finished your own toilet in the morning, then it is time to attend to the toilet of your planet, just so, with the greatest care.

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No one hated these ghost of mine, no one envied them, no one pestered them. Nor did anyone love them with the only love that matters.

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Accepted authority rests first of all on reason.

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One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets himself be tamed...

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It's more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others

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It is of some use to my volcanoes, and it is of some use to my flower, that I own them. But you are of no use to the stars...

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You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.

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If I ordered a general to fly from one flower to another like a butterfly, or to write a tragic drama, or to change himself into a sea bird, and if the general did not carry out the order that he had received, which one of us would be in the wrong?" The king demanded. "The general or myself?" "You," said the little prince firmly. "Exactly. One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform," the king went on. "Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. If you ordered your people to go and throw themselves into the sea, they would rise up in revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable.

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For a long time you had found your only entertainment in the quiet pleasure of looking at the sunset.

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You only understand the things that you tame,

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It's against etiquette to yawn in the presence of a King, — the monarch told him.

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Go and have another look at the roses. And you will understand that yours is indeed unique in all the world.

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You must demand from each person what that person can give, — the King replied. — Authority is founded first and foremost upon reason. If you order your people to go and jump into the sea, it would start a revolution. It is because my orders are reasonable that I have the right to expect obedience.

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It's a question of discipline, — the little prince said to me later. — When you've attended to your own needs in the morning, you've got to attend carefully to the needs of the planet. You've

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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

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...his work has some meaning. When he lights his street lamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower. When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep. That is a beautiful occupation. And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful.

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If I owned a silk scarf, I could put it around my neck and take it away with me. If I owned a flower, I could pluck that flower and take it away with me. But you cannot pluck the stars from heaven…

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Men set out on their way in express trains, but they do not know what they are looking for. Then they rush about, and get excited, and turn round and round. It is not worth the trouble

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Good morning," said the little prince. "Good morning," said the flower. "Where are the men?" the little prince asked, politely. The flower had once seen a caravan passing. "Men?" she echoed. "I think there are six or seven of them in existence. I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. they have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult.

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Nothing is perfect," sighed the fox. "My life is very monotonous. I run after the chickens; the men run after me. All the chickens are the same; all the men are the same. Consequently, I get a little bored. But if you tame me, my days will be as if filled with sunlight. I shall know the sound of a footstep different from all the rest. ...You see the fields of corn? Well, I don't eat bread. Corn is of no use to me. Corn fields remind me of nothing. Which is sad. On the other hand, your hair is the colour of gold. So think how wonderful it will be when you have tamed me. The corn, which is golden, will remind me of you. And I will come to love the sound of the wind in the field of corn.The fox fell silent and looked steadily at the little prince for a long time."Please," he said, "tame me!

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But, personally, I'm afraid I can't see sheep inside boxes. Perhaps I'm a bit like the grown-ups. I've had to grow old.

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... nothing in the universe can be the same if somewhere, we do not know where, a sheep that we never saw has - yes or no? - eaten a rose... And no grown-up will ever understand that this is a matter of so much importance!

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Here is my secret. It's quite simple:One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.

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You just talk like grown-ups!

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My flower is somewhere out there...

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He looked at me very gravely, and put his arms around my neck. I felt his heart beating like the heart of a dying bird, shot with someone's rifle . . .

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The land of tears is so mysterious.

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If you suceed in judging yourself rightly, then indeed you are very wise.

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The flower coughed. But it was not because she had a cold

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He was surprised by this absence of reproaches. He stood there all bewildered, the glass globe held arrested in mid-air. He did not understand this quiet sweetness.

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He did not know how the world is simplified for kings. To them, all men are subjects

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Said he little prince "But why do you always speak in riddles?""I solve them all" said the snake

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You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad. - Antoine Saint-Exupéry,

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To me, you are still nothing more than a littleboy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no needof you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing morethan a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then weshall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, Ishall be unique in all the world. . .

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Yes, yes, of course I love you,' the flower said to him at last. 'You have no idea - which is my fault.

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To be sure, an ordinary passer-by would think that my rose looked just like you-- the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.

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In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them

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Then you shall judge yourself," the king answered. "that is the most difficult thing of all. 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.

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Men," said the fox. "They have guns, and they hunt. It is very disturbing. They also raise chickens. these are their only interests. Are you looking fir chickens?" "No," said the little prince. "I am looking for friends. What does that mean-- 'tame'?" "It is an act to often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties." "'To establish ties'?" "Just that," said the fox. "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..." "I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "there is a flower... I think that she has tamed me...

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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, or a little water'".

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