The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Written by on October 21, 2011 in Readings & Vows, Real Stories - 1 Comment

Last weekend, I officiated a lovely wedding for Elizabeth & Danny at E-Space in Hell’s Kitchen.  They selected an unusual (and unusually)  sweet passage as a reading….an excerpt from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery “What does that mean–‘tame’?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”

… And then he added: “Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret.”

 The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.

You are not at all like my rose,” he said. “As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.”

And the roses were very much embarrassed.

“You are beautiful, but you are empty,” he went on. “One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you–the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.“

And he went back to meet the fox.

“Goodbye,” he said. “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.

 “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

It is the time I have wasted for my rose–” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . .”

“I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

 …”But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart . . .”

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One Comment on "The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery"

  1. Rhys November 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm · Reply

    Just want to let you know: an alternate translation, and one that might better capture the spirit of the passage (especially if you’re reading this passage at a wedding) is “It is the time you have devoted to your rose that makes your rose so important.”

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