The Little Prince

The Rose/Flower Character Analysis

The rose is the object of the little prince's affection. She is beautiful and vain, given to telling dramatic lies, which prompts the little prince to leave his planet and set off on his journey. She apologizes right before he leaves, but he decides to go anyway—eventually, he feels sorry for leaving her and tries to return to his planet to protect her.

The Rose/Flower Quotes in The Little Prince

The The Little Prince quotes below are all either spoken by The Rose/Flower or refer to The Rose/Flower. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
Explanation and Analysis:
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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
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Rose/Flower Character Timeline in The Little Prince

The timeline below shows where the character The Rose/Flower appears in The Little Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...the pilot of talking just like the grownups. The little prince makes a speech about his flower , unique in the entire universe, which might be destroyed by a hapless sheep—and bursts... (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 planet as a shrub and takes her time growing,... (full context)
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...The little prince says that he was too young to know how to love his rose. (full context)
Chapter 9
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...cleans the three volcanoes on his planet, pulls the last baobab shoots, and waters his rose. He feels sad, believing that he'll never return. As he's about to place the glass... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...and that is enough. The little prince then mentions that he owns three volcanoes and a flower on his own planet, and that he is of use to them, but that the... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...aside, saying that his planet is not very interesting and only contains three volcanoes and a flower . The geographer interrupts to say that he does not record flowers because they are... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...a long while, the little prince comes across a road leading to a bed of roses. The little prince is devastated to discover that his rose was lying to him when... (full context)
Chapter 21
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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 the roses that they are not at... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...fragile and precious. The pilot admires how passionate the little prince is about protecting his rose. At daybreak, the pilot finds water. (full context)
Chapter 26
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...few more steps by himself before sitting down. He says that he is responsible for his flower and must return to take care of her. He gets up again and takes a... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...the little prince's sheep, and so he worries that the sheep may have eaten the rose. He asks the readers whether they believe the sheep has eaten the rose or not... (full context)