The Little Prince

The Little Prince Character Analysis

The title character of the story, the little prince ventures to other planets in the universe after discovering that the rose he loves has lied to him. Innocent and curious, the little prince begins to miss his rose as he explores more, learning that his rose's lies were less essential than the time they had spent together. He tells his story to the pilot, helping the pilot regain the perspective of childhood as well.

The Little Prince Quotes in The Little Prince

The The Little Prince quotes below are all either spoken by The Little Prince or refer to The Little Prince. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harcourt Brace & Company edition of The Little Prince published in 291970.
Chapter 4 Quotes

For I do not want any one to read my book carelessly. I have suffered too much grief in setting down these memories. Six years have already passed since my friend went away from me, with his sheep. If I try to describe him here, it is to make sure that I shall not forget him. To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like the grown−ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures...

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker), The Little Prince
Page Number: 18
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In certain more important details I shall make mistakes, also. But that is something that will not be my fault. My friend never explained anything to me. He thought, perhaps, that I was like himself. But I, alas, do not know how to see sheep through the walls of boxes. Perhaps I am a little like the grown−ups. I have had to grow old.

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker), The Little Prince
Page Number: 19
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Chapter 7 Quotes

"I don't believe you! Flowers are weak creatures. They are naïve. They reassure themselves as best they can. They believe that their thorns are terrible weapons..."

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker)
Page Number: 28
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"I know a planet where there is a certain red−faced gentleman. He has never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved any one. He has never done anything in his life but add up figures. And all day he says over and over, just like you: 'I am busy with matters of consequence!' And that makes him swell up with pride. But he is not a man—he is a mushroom!"

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Businessman
Page Number: 29
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"If someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself, 'Somewhere, my flower is there...' But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened... And you think that is not important!"

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Pilot/Narrator, The Rose/Flower
Related Symbols: Stars
Page Number: 29-30
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Chapter 10 Quotes

"But there is nobody here to judge!"

"We do not know that," the king said to him. "I have not yet made a complete tour of my kingdom. I am very old. There is no room here for a carriage. And it tires me to walk."

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The King (speaker)
Page Number: 46
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Chapter 13 Quotes

"I myself own a flower," he continued his conversation with the businessman, "which I water every day. I own three volcanoes, which I clean out every week (for I also clean out the one that is extinct; one never knows). It is of some use to my volcanoes, and it is of some use to my flower, that I own them. But you are of no use to the stars..."

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Businessman
Page Number: 57
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Chapter 14 Quotes

"It may well be that this man is absurd. But he is not so absurd as the king, the conceited man, the businessman, and the tippler. For at least his work has some meaning. When he lights his street lamp, it is as if he brought one more star to life, or one flower. When he puts out his lamp, he sends the flower, or the star, to sleep. That is a beautiful occupation. And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful."

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The King, The Conceited Man, The Businessman, The Lamplighter
Page Number: 57-58
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"That man," said the little prince to himself, as he continued farther on his journey, "that man would be scorned by all the others: by the king, by the conceited man, by the tippler, by the businessman. Nevertheless he is the only one of them all who does not seem to me ridiculous. Perhaps that is because he is thinking of something else besides himself."

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The King, The Conceited Man, The Tippler, The Businessman, The Lamplighter
Page Number: 61
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Chapter 15 Quotes

"My flower is ephemeral," the little prince said to himself, "and she has only four thorns to defend herself against the world. And I have left her on my planet, all alone!"

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Rose/Flower
Page Number: 66
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Chapter 20 Quotes

And he was overcome with sadness. His flower had told him that she was the only one of her kind in all the universe. And here were five thousand of them, all alike, in one single garden!

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker), The Little Prince, The Rose/Flower
Page Number: 77
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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
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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
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Chapter 22 Quotes

"Only the children know what they are looking for," said the little prince. "They waste their time over a rag doll and it becomes very important to them; and if anybody takes it away from them, they cry..."

"They are lucky," the switchman said.

Related Characters: The Little Prince (speaker), The Railway Switchman (speaker)
Page Number: 89
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Chapter 24 Quotes

I said to myself, again: "What moves me so deeply, about this little prince who is sleeping here, is his loyalty to a flower—the image of a rose that shines through his whole being like the flame of a lamp, even when he is asleep..." And I felt him to be more fragile still. I felt the need of protecting him, as if he himself were a flame that might be extinguished by a little puff of wind...

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker), The Little Prince, The Rose/Flower
Page Number: 93-94
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Chapter 27 Quotes

Here, then, is a great mystery. For you who also love the little prince, and for me, nothing in the universe can be the same if somewhere, we do not know where, a sheep that we never saw has—yes or no?—eaten a rose...

Look up at the sky. Ask yourselves: is it yes or no? Has the sheep eaten the flower? And you will see how everything changes...

And no grown−up will ever understand that this is a matter of so much importance!

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker), The Little Prince, The Rose/Flower
Page Number: 111
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Chapter 2
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...to draw a sheep. The pilot, startled, turns to find a little boy behind him— the little prince . The Prince appears to be in fine condition—not fatigued, not thirsty—despite being in the... (full context)
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The pilot attempts to ask what the little prince is doing there, but the little prince insists that he draw him a sheep. The... (full context)
Chapter 3
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When the little prince sees the pilot's airplane, he asks what that object is. The pilot replies that it... (full context)
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The little prince instead mentions that it is good that the pilot drew a box for his sheep—that... (full context)
Chapter 4
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In this way, the pilot discovers that the planet the little prince is from is no larger than a house. He believes that the planet the little... (full context)
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...to remember his friend—for not everyone has had a friend. If the pilot forgets his little prince , he says, he may become like the grownups, who are interested in nothing but... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The little prince asks whether sheep eat baobabs, and the pilot replies that even a whole herd of... (full context)
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The pilot realizes that baobab trees pose a great danger on the little prince's tiny planet. Although they resemble rosebushes when they are little, baobab trees can eventually destroy... (full context)
Chapter 6
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The little prince says that he is very fond of sunsets and suggests that he and the pilot... (full context)
Chapter 7
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On their fifth day together, the little prince asks whether sheep eat flowers with thorns as well. The pilot answers that sheep eat... (full context)
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The little prince is offended by this notion and defends flowers as weak creatures who naively reassure themselves... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The little prince tells the pilot more about his flower, the rose. She appears one day on his... (full context)
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Chapter 9
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The little prince takes advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds to leave his planet.... (full context)
Chapter 10
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The little prince decides to explore other asteroids in order to increase his knowledge. The first one he... (full context)
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After the little prince sits down, he wonders what the king actually rules over, since there are no subjects... (full context)
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Bored, the little prince decides to move on to another planet. The king desperately tries to get him to... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The little prince goes to another asteroid, where he encounters a conceited man who believes that the little... (full context)
Chapter 12
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On the next planet, the little prince encounters a tippler, who sits before a collection of empty and full bottles. He tells... (full context)
Chapter 13
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The fourth planet contains a businessman who hardly notices the little prince's arrival. The little prince finds the man adding sums and inquires as to what the... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...smallest of these planets, with only enough room for a street lamp and a lamplighter. The little prince muses on the fact that it is rather absurd for a lamplighter to exist on... (full context)
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The little prince asks the lamplighter why he lights and puts out the lamp with such frequency, and... (full context)
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The little prince continues on his journey, thinking that the lamplighter is the least ridiculous of the grownups... (full context)
Chapter 15
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The little prince then arrives on a much larger planet with a geographer, who is eager to talk... (full context)
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The geographer then takes an interest in the little prince , asking him about his planet. The little prince brushes this aside, saying that his... (full context)
Chapter 17
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When the little prince lands on Earth, he sees no people and worries that he is on the wrong... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Chapter 19
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Chapter 20
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After walking for a long while, the little prince comes across a road leading to a bed of roses. The little prince is devastated... (full context)
Chapter 21
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A fox appears, and the little prince asks the fox to play with him because he is so unhappy. The fox replies... (full context)
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...discusses his monotonous life of hunting chickens and being hunted by men, and he asks the little prince to tame him so that his life might have more meaning. The fox teaches the... (full context)
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The fox tells the little prince to go observe the bed of roses again, and this time the little prince tells... (full context)
Chapter 22
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The little prince continues his travels and meets a railway switchman. He asks the switchman what the train... (full context)
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The little prince next meets a merchant who claims to sell a pill that will quench thirst, thereby... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Back in the Sahara desert, it is now the eighth day, and the pilot and the little prince are both thirsty. The little prince suggests that they search for a well in the... (full context)
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The little prince falls asleep, and the pilot lifts him up and carries him as he continues walking.... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...pilot pulls up a bucket of water, tired but happy about his achievement. He gives the little prince a drink, realizing that the water is sweeter for their walk beneath the stars and... (full context)
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...the happiness he feels in drinking it, the pilot nevertheless feels a sense of grief. The little prince asks him to draw the muzzle for his sheep, and the pilot does so reluctantly,... (full context)
Chapter 26
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When the pilot returns the next evening, he overhears the little prince conversing with the snake. The little prince asks whether the snake has good poison that... (full context)
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The little prince then tells the pilot not to come to the site that night, as it will... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Six years later, the pilot writes this story. He is reassured by the fact that the little prince's body disappeared the day after the scene with the snake and believes that the little... (full context)
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The pilot draws the landscape of the little prince's site of arrival and departure—two desert hills and a single star—and beseeches readers to pay... (full context)