Personal Notes

Wise Words from Le Petit Prince

The quote in French reads:

Il y avait des graines terribles sur la planète du petit prince… c’étaient les graines de baobabs. Le sol de la planète en était infesté. Or un baobab, si l’on s’y prend trop tard, on ne peut jamais plus s’en débarasser. Il encombre toute la planète. Il la perfore de ses racines. Et si la planète est trop petite, et si les baobabs sont trop nombreux, ils la font éclater.

A rough translation into English below, which I have personally interpreted to be an encouragement to make the most of the present and to fully inhabit, and be aware of, ‘the now’:

There were terrible seeds on the little prince’s planet… they were baobab seeds. The planet’s soil was infested with them. Now, a baobab, if you set about it too late, you can never get rid of it. It takes up the whole planet. It pierces it with its roots. And if the planet is too small, and if there are too many baobabs, they will make it burst.

Antoine de -SAINT EXUSPÉRY, Le Petit Prince

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