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Quite Serious

August 20, 2008

“For millions of years flowers have been producing thorns.  For millions of years sheep have been eating them all the same.  And it’s not serious, trying to understand why flowers go to such trouble to produce thorns that are good for nothing?  It’s not important, the war between the sheep and the flowers?  It’s no more serious and more important than the numbers that fat red gentleman is adding up?  Suppose I happen to know a unique flower, one that exists nowhere in the world except on my planet, one that a little sheep can wipe out in a single bite one morning, just like that, without even realizing what he’s doing – that isn’t important?”  His face turned red now, and he went on.  “If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.  He tells himself, ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly all the stars went out.  And that isn’t important?”

 – From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

May you love a flower on a distant planet, a star, all your own.

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2 comments

  1. Interestingly, I have never read The Little Prince. I’ll have to go read it now. We take a lot of things for granted, don’t we? The Urbane Lion’s house, into which I am in the process of moving, leaks water from every single tap, inside the house and out. Drives me insane, because we do not have the right to take water for granted. Fortunately, we plan on renovating/sprucing up the entire house, inside and out, so I be able to insist on no water waste.


  2. Ah, “The Little Prince”, one of my favorite books. A beautiful quote to think upon. Thanks for sharing it.



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