The little prince – 笔记

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Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
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If you were to say to the grown-ups: “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,” they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: “I saw a house that cost $20,000.” Then they would exclaim: “Oh, what a pretty house that is!
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“If I ordered a general to change himself into a sea bird, and if the general did not obey me, that would not be the fault of the general. It would be my fault.”
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I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable.
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It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.
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As for me, I am concerned with matters of consequence. There is no time for idle dreaming in my life.
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“It is a little lonely in the desert…” “It is also lonely among men,” the snake said.
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But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult.”
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But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.
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“One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me …”
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Words are the source of misunderstandings
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“It would have been better to come back at the same hour,” said the fox. “If, for example, you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you.
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No one is ever satisfied where he is