This quote is attributed to H. Jackson Brown Jr. , Author of Life’s Little Instruction Book, but I seem to remember reading this or at least a similar sentiment somewhere else, so I set out to find where I was sure I read it.
This beautiful curiosity allowed me to listen to one of my favorite books again, and I now feel it was a meant to be curiosity. My heart needed to see that book again.
-Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The words are similar, but not exactly the same. Even the sentiment though similar, is not exactly the same.
I actually think that there was a bit of an issue about the way this sentence was translated from the original French. I think that these quotes are translations of the same sentence.
I remember how reading that sentence made me feel. I felt that someone had put into words what I had felt for so long. I’d never until that point actually heard this before. It made so much sense to me that I thought I’d discovered the secret to life! I then ordered this translation of the book and sent it to 3 of my friends.
They didn’t really think it was the secret to life, but that was ok with me.
I have not, in years sent books I love to people I care about, well I haven’t found another book that I think I should send. This book is very precious to me, its sentiment is even more precious now as we live in a society where superficial things are not only accepted and encouraged, but in some cases are expected and sometimes even required.
I like being reminded that the things that matter most, I most likely cannot see with my eyes.
There was another gem that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry included in The Little Prince
“What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides a well somewhere.”
This is another really special quote. It is dear to my heart, but that’s another story for another post.
Perhaps this book is one of the wells I have found in this desert.