Bonjour mes copains!
This past Saturday marked the birthday of legendary French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. For those of you who, like me, spent a good deal of your childhood in French classes, you are undoubtedly familiar with Saint-Exupéry’s seminal work Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). Existing today as the most translated book in the French language (owing, I’m sure, in large part to its overuse as a tool for teaching bemused students the world over), Le Petit Prince is a magnificently obscure tale and one of the most beautiful books ever written. Whether you choose to read it in English, French, or one of the other 230+ languages in which it is published, I have no doubt that this work will continue to stand the test of time. With that, I hand over to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the words of Le Petit Prince. Long may its legacy be one of changing the perspective of the world’s readers (and daunting French Language students everywhere).
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems…But all these stars are silent. You-you alone will have stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night…You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me…You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure…It will be as if, in the place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh.”