One sees only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye
- Go and see the roses again. You will understand that yours is unique in the world. You will return to say good-bye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret.
The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.
- You are not at all like my rose," he said. "As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.
And the roses were very much embarassed.
You are beautiful, but you are empty, he went on. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.
And he returned to the fox:
- Adieu, he said.
- Good-bye, said the fox. Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.
- The essential thing is invisible to the eyes, repeated the little prince, in order to remember.
- It's the time you lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.
"It's the time I lost for my rose," said the little prince, in order to remember.
"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. But you must not forget it. You become responsible forever for what you have tamed. You're responsible for your rose ...
"I am responsible for my rose," repeated the little prince, in order to remember.
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