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By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“GOOD MORNING,” said the little prince. 

“Good Morning,” said the salesclerk. This was a salesclerk who sold pills invented to quench thirst. Swallow one a week and you no longer feel any need to drink.

“Why do you sell these pills?”

“They save so much time,” the salesclerk said. “Experts have calculated that you can save fifty-three minutes a week.”

“And what do you do with those fifty-three minutes?”

“Whatever you like.”

“If I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked,” the little prince said to himself, “I’d walk very slowly toward a water fountain…” 

Photo: Actress Jean Seberg (1938-1979) reads THE LITTLE PRINCE by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944). (Photo, circa 1960.)


“Well I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 

Photo: “Green Butterfly on Green Plants” by Stephen Rother, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass, since she’s the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s my rose.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

I have always read this passage — and others about the rose in The Little Prince — as an artist’s relationship to his or her work. (Not that this is an earth-shaking revelation. I’m sure most artists would interpret the rose as the artwork.)