The Little Prince

The Pilot/Narrator Character Analysis

The narrator of the story, the pilot crashes in the middle of the Sahara desert when his engine fails. The pilot is a grownup, but one who has always been an explorer and is sympathetic to the values and perspectives of children, a trait that grows even more pronounced as he becomes close with the little prince. Although he's desperate to fix his engine so that he won't die of thirst in the desert, he comes to realize that his ability to comfort the little prince and to listen to his stories is even more essential. He decides to write and illustrate the book in order to remember his friendship with the little prince.

The Pilot/Narrator Quotes in The Little Prince

The The Little Prince quotes below are all either spoken by The Pilot/Narrator or refer to The Pilot/Narrator. 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 1 Quotes

In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown−ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them.

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker)
Page Number: 5
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Chapter 2 Quotes

When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey. Absurd as it might seem to me, a thousand miles from any human habitation and in danger of death, I took out of my pocket a sheet of paper and my fountain−pen.

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker)
Page Number: 8
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Chapter 4 Quotes

On making his discovery, the astronomer had presented it to the International Astronomical Congress, in a great demonstration. But he was in Turkish costume, and so nobody would believe what he said.

Grown−ups are like that...

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker)
Page Number: 15
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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

"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 17 Quotes

All humanity could be piled up on a small Pacific islet.

The grown−ups, to be sure, will not believe you when you tell them that. They imagine that they fill a great deal of space. They fancy themselves as important as the baobabs. You should advise them, then, to make their own calculations. They adore figures, and that will please them. But do not waste your time on this extra task. It is unnecessary. You have, I know, confidence in me.

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker)
Page Number: 68-70
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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 24 Quotes

"Yes," I said to the little prince. "The house, the stars, the desert—what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible!"

Related Characters: The Pilot/Narrator (speaker)
Page Number: 93
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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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The Pilot/Narrator Character Timeline in The Little Prince

The timeline below shows where the character The Pilot/Narrator appears in The Little Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The narrator, a pilot, discusses his childhood attempts at drawing a boa constrictor eating an elephant. First, he draws... (full context)
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The narrator chooses another profession instead, becoming a pilot. As a pilot, he claims that he has spent a great deal of time among... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The pilot lives his life alone, until one day, he crashes in the Sahara desert, a thousand... (full context)
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The pilot attempts to ask what the little prince is doing there, but the little prince insists... (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 isn't an object—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 way, the sheep will have a place to sleep... (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.... (full context)
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The pilot explains that he tells us of these details about the asteroid because of the grownups... (full context)
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The pilot says that for those who truly understand things, figures are of no consequence, and that... (full context)
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The pilot apologizes for his drawings, which he says are sometimes good and sometimes bad. He says... (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 elephants could not eat a single baobab. The... (full context)
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The pilot realizes that baobab trees pose a great danger on the little prince's tiny planet. Although... (full context)
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The pilot discusses his drawing of the baobab trees, which he displays in the book, explaining that... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...prince says that he is very fond of sunsets and suggests that he and the pilot go watch the sunset. The pilot says that they will have to wait for it,... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...day together, the little prince asks whether sheep eat flowers with thorns as well. The pilot answers that sheep eat anything in their reach, and the little prince, dismayed, asks what... (full context)
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...flowers as weak creatures who naively reassure themselves that their thorns are terrible weapons. The pilot, still busy with the engine, snaps that he is busy with "matters of consequence," which... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The little prince confides to the pilot that he did not understand anything then and shouldn't have run away from her. The... (full context)
Chapter 16
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The pilot explains that Earth is not just an ordinary planet. It has numerous kings, tipplers, geographers,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The pilot revises his earlier statement, saying that grownups would in fact take up only a small... (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... (full context)
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The little prince falls asleep, and the pilot lifts him up and carries him as he continues walking. The pilot gazes upon the... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...in the desert looks like a village well, but there is no village nearby. The pilot pulls up a bucket of water, tired but happy about his achievement. He gives the... (full context)
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Despite the sweetness of the water and the happiness he feels in drinking it, the pilot nevertheless feels a sense of grief. The little prince asks him to draw the muzzle... (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... (full context)
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The little prince then tells the pilot not to come to the site that night, as it will look a little as... (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... (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... (full context)