“You risk tears if you let yourself be tamed.” (from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

13 thoughts on ““You risk tears if you let yourself be tamed.” (from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

  1. I don't know the context of the quotation, Meirav, but if a person takes this as the key to a whole philosophy of life, I shudder to think of what it would lead to.

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  2. you haven't read the Little Prince, Robert? it's a wonderful book, I highly recommend it.but let me fill you in a bit about this quotation that I posted here. The Little Prince, in his wanderings, met a fox. and slowly and gradually, the fox let him tame him. then when it was time for them to part, the fox explained to the Little Prince how sad he was going to be, how he would miss the Little Prince because, you see, he had come to love him. but it's worth it, he explained, it's worth it for the wonder of loving and being loved.I think Shakespeare said something similar – something about having loved and lost…

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  3. Ah! Thank you. That takes things in the opposite direction from where I thought they were going. I'm glad to be wrong. I thought it meant that we should at all costs refuse to be tamed, i.e. we should pursue our freedom as an absolute priority, without any 'if's or 'but's – which, of course would lead to our subjecting someone else to our whims. But, as you have shown me, it means that if we let ourselves be tamed, for the sake of love, then, yes, it will lead to pain, but it will be worth it. Again-thank you. I'm glad you explained it.P.S. By the way: no, I didn't know the story.

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  4. oh yes, I can see how it might seem without knowing the context – no, it's not about not letting yourself be tamed, in fact it isn't about being tamed at all really, it's about allowing yourself to love, and thereby making yourself vulnerable. you risk tears when you allow yourself to get close to someone, when you let yourself trust them. but without taking that risk, again and again, would life have much meaning? and so we get hurt, and we get up and dust ourselves off and take these risks again.

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  5. I love his meeting with the fox.. the Little Prince is one of those books that I can read over and over again. It's a pity that Exupery died in a plane crash.. he had the most beautiful thoughts. He had one of the most tender and gentlest soul…

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  6. PS : it also is a humorous book btw. I like the futility of the job of that guy who keeps putting on the lights and the example of how the Turkish astronomer was snubbed because he wasn't wearing proper clothes.. the sad thing about the Little Prince however is that it had no happy ending. (bwahhhh) There's also his rather turbulent relationship with his "rose".. "it's the time I spend with my rose that makes her unique in the orld.. " or something like that… I am glad there are people who are crazy about that book as I am.

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  7. you make me feel like reading it again, it's been ages since I last looked at it so I don't remember all the details you do – but of course I remember his relationship with his rose… and the hat boa constrictor :)

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  8. The most important thing I recall isthis : "it is the time i spent with my rose which makes her important". Then remember he sees other roses who look the same and cries? Then he suddenly realizes that it is his unconditional love for his rose which makes it "unique in the world".

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  9. yes, it's a funny thing, love – you look at a rose, or a person, or a cat, and for some inexplicable reason you find yourself loving that particular one, and it/he/she becomes "unique in the world" to you.but the downside is that they thus acquire the ability to hurt you in a way that others couldn't. the rose has thorns, the cat has claws, and people…still, life would become meaningless if we were to stop taking these risks.

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