The Little Prince and His Timeless Hidden Wisdom that Will Make Your Life Better

And why you should be resilient in seeking answers and not withdraw before you find them.

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“The Little Prince” is another one of my all-time favorite children’s books. I read it twice as a child and reread it once as an adult.

I feel that everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless book at least twice throughout life — once as a child and once as an adult.

I believe that every time you read the book, you will discover new things you didn’t notice the time before.

“The Little Prince” is so wise and at the same time so childish, he’s a rather complex image.

Did you know that the story of “The Little Prince” was first published in 1943 and the author wrote the book while staying at a hotel in New York.

Many people say that this book has no analogue in world literature and that it is both poetic and philosophical and also a fairytale for children.

The book is written on the personal experiences of the author and is illustrated with his drawings, which are included in most editions.

The author shares his thoughts about the foolishness of mankind and the simple wisdom that adults forget when they grow up.

The “Little Prince” is translated into 180 languages and sold in more than 50 million copies all over the world and adapted for opera, theater, and cinema.

In every chapter of the book, “The Little Prince” meets a different hero who can be seen as absurd from the adult world. Language is simple and at the same time highly symbolic. Illustrations of the book, similar to children’s drawings, are a good complement to the purity and simplicity of the language.

The book can be seen as an attempt to find the child in every adult.

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

This is “The Little Prince’s” most famous replica but not the only one, which impresses us.

If you did this, your world would shine with “purity” daily.

If you’ve read “The Little Prince,” you most likely remember how he would wake up every morning, washing himself, cleaning his clothes and his planet. In one of his conversations with the fox, the fox says to him that such actions are often too neglected by people, “They are what make one day different from other days, one hour from other hours.”

Without any routines the hours and days just pass without barely noticing. Routines are what create order in otherwise chaotic daily activities.

“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you can success in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”

Not many people understand themselves. An individual needs to know and understand him or herself first in order to be able to understand others. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — e.e. cummings

Not all people live in the world of numbers. Keep the magic of a child.

The “Little Prince” is afraid to grow up, but he finally realizes that not all people live in the world of numbers, and growing up is a good thing, as long as you keep the magic of a child. When he is sad, he just goes to admire the sunsets. And you can also try this. You will see that the sunsets really help.

“The desert is beautiful.”

He is irrepressibly optimistic and sees something good even in the deserts. Everyone needs to be like him in this respect, because “The Little Prince” teaches that “he (the desert) hid somewhere a well…”

“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people.”

I believe in happy stars and you should, too. But how do you find them when all, “These stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night...You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me…”

Every person has his or her own star. And persistency in finding our stars is what “The Little Prince” teaches. He advises everyone to be resilient in seeking answers, not to withdraw before one finds them.

He believes that being happy is enough to love someone.

When “The Little Prince” departs from his planet, he cleans his volcanos and waters his rose a final time. While saying good-bye to his rose, wanting to cry, and placing a glass globe over the rose’s head, the rose speaks back telling him that she loves him and there’s no more need for him to set the globe over her. She tells him that she is happy and will be fine without him taking care of her.

The story of “The Little Prince” and his rose teaches that true unconditional relationships are most precious in life; it’s difficult to find them, but once an individual finds them, one is as happy as having a rose.

Have you read the “Little Prince?” Share with us your life teachings from this timeless children’s book.

And remember the most important thing “The Little Prince” teaches, “Here’s my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

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About The Author

Dr. Kachovska is an internationally known Change Catalyst. She teaches individuals and organizations about awareness, connection and the need for change — personally, socially, and professionally.

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