And Now Here Is the Fox’s Secret

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “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.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

 

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Remembering Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on his birthday.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyons on June 29, 1900.  On July 31, 1944, he and his aircraft disappeared over occupied France.

The in-between time was his beautiful life, including:  growing up in a castle; failing the entrance exams for the French naval academy; enrolling at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts (art school); serving in the military (beginning in 1921) and learning to be a pilot; crashing a couple of planes (1935 and 1938); being lost for three days in the Libyan desert (1935); and, publishing The Little Prince (1943).

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “And Now Here Is the Fox’s Secret

    1. Wonderful choice! Many people around the world agree! Le Petit Prince is a French literary classic and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Sales exceed 200 million copies and it remains the most translated book of the French language: it’s been translated into more than 260 languages and dialects. Sadly, owing to some details in the book, it has been speculated that his death was in fact a suicide.

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  1. I am sad to hear of how he died but happy to celebrate his life. The Little Prince was a book with depth, which I read in high school. I feel some poets, musicians and artists are sensitive souls. Thanks for reminding me of the fox’s words, Danica.

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    1. I agree and thank you, Robin. Everyone should read The Little Prince in high school. The fox’s words are so wise and universal that they’ve crossed languages and cultures. It’s a shame that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry did not experience this phenomenon in his lifetime.

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