The Little Prince is an all-time favorite children book. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the novella has been translated into an incredible 300 languages and dialects and has become one of the best-selling books in publishing history.

In this lovely tale, the narrator (a pilot) first talks about his disappointment with the world of adults. They seem to have little imagination and he has had no one he could really talk to about what mattered to him.

One day, after being forced to land in the desert, he meets a little boy who asks him to draw a sheep. Surprised at first, the pilot agrees to do it and thus they become good friends. I won’t tell you the rest of the story since The Little Prince is a book you need to read no matter how old you are.

Adored by children and adults as well, The Little Prince criticizes grown-ups’ points of view and habits, insisting that children are the ones who actually appreciate the important things in life since they are able to see with their hearts, not just with their eyes.

Here are 18 The Little Prince quotes that will take you back to your childhood.


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.

– The King


The Little Prince: Where are the people? It’s a little lonely in the desert…

The Snake: It is lonely when you’re among people, too.

If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…

— The Little Prince

Growing up is not the problem, forgetting is.

– The Aviator

One only understands the things that one tames.

— The Fox

If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…

— The Little Prince

No one is ever satisfied where he is.

— The Switchman

There, you see? The inessential has become perfectly essential.

– The Businessman

As you live, some things kind of just stick to you.

— The Aviator

The shame of it was that they loved each other. But they were both too young to know how to love.

— The Aviator

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

– The Rose

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.

– The Fox

Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable.

– The King

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

– The Aviator

For, to conceited men, all other men are admirers.

– The Conceited Man

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

– The Little Prince

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

– The Aviator

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