Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Passages: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944)

(June 29, 1900 – July 31, 1944) 
"My life is monotonous. I hunt chickens; people hunt me. All chickens are just alike, and all men are just alike. So I'm rather bored. But if you tame me, my life will be filled with sunshine. I'll know the sound of footsteps that will be different from all the rest. Other footsteps send me back underground. Yours will call me out of my burrow like music. And then, look! You see the wheat fields over there? I don't eat bread. For me wheat is of no use whatever. Wheat fields say nothing to me. Which is sad. But you have hair the color of gold. So it will be wonderful, once you've tamed me! The wheat, which is golden, will remind me of you. And I'll love the sound of the wind in the wheat . . . "

From The Little Prince, first published in 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock.


  1. Thanks for sharing this passionate passage from “The Little Prince’” Michelle, a book filled with so many layers in so few pages.

  2. My number one favorite book. I still have my childhood copy.

  3. Love Le Petit Prince! One of my favorite lines in there is when the fox replies: "Je suis la," dit le renard.

  4. Such a gift, to have been "tamed."