The Little Prince

The little prince's meeting with the fox is the climax of the story—it's the moment when the little prince realizes why his rose is so important to him. The fox is skittish around the prince at first, but he teaches the prince how to tame him. Afterwards, he shares his secret with the little prince in the novella's iconic phrase, "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."

The Fox Quotes in The Little Prince

The The Little Prince quotes below are all either spoken by The Fox or refer to The Fox. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harcourt Brace & Company edition of The Little Prince published in 291970.
Chapter 21 Quotes

"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..."

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Fox (speaker)
Page Number: 80
Explanation and Analysis:

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"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."

"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

Related Characters: The Fox (speaker), The Little Prince
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Fox Character Timeline in The Little Prince

The timeline below shows where the character The Fox appears in The Little Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21
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A fox appears, and the little prince asks the fox to play with him because he is... (full context)
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The fox discusses his monotonous life of hunting chickens and being hunted by men, and he asks... (full context)
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The fox tells the little prince to go observe the bed of roses again, and this time... (full context)