The Little Prince

I’ve been reading the Little Prince in French recently, and it really has a lot of wisdom about what’s important in life. This quote particularly struck me, and I thought I would share:

“Je connais une planète où il y a un Monsieur cramoisi. Il n’a jamais respiré une fleur. Il n’a jamais regardé une étoile. Il n’a jamais aimé personne. Il n’a jamais rien fait d’autre que des additions. Et toute la journée il répète comme toi : « Je suis un homme sérieux! Je suis un homme sérieux! » et ça le fait gonfler d’orgueil. Mais ce n’est pas un homme, c’est un champignon!”

And for those of you who don’t speak French:

“I know a planet where there is a red-faced gentleman. He has never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved anyone. He has never done anything in his life but add up figures. And all day he says over and over, just like you: ‘I am busy with matters of consequence!’ And that makes him swell up with pride. But he is not a man–he is a mushroom!”

Please, friends, don’t be mushrooms. I think the world has enough of those already.

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