What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye

“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for…”

“They don’t find it,” I answered.

“And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water…”

“Of course,” I answered.

And the little prince added, “But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

The title is an excerpt from the book, The Little Prince: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

I highly recommend reading the book if you haven’t. There are many lessons in The Little Prince. One of the lessons that stand out to me, is the topic of love. What is truly important can only be felt and seen with the heart. This world needs love. We can do many things and never be joyful, but perhaps our happiness could be found in one simple thing (“in a single rose”). Our eyes may indulge in temporary beauty and what lies on the surface. But money and materials are unimportant. The true beauty of a person comes from their heart. Whatever you do today, remember to look with the heart.

7 thoughts on “What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye

  1. Beautifully said, Katie. I love The Little Prince, and that part there you quoted is probably one of my favourite parts of the book. Material items give us a fleeting sense of happiness, but they don’t usually promise to stick around in the long run. The heart is a powerful thing, and when we project how we feel, can live a long-lasting impression and feeling on others…and in turn ourselves :)

    1. Thank you Mabel :) It’s a wonderful book isn’t it? It’s the kind of book you can read in a day, but each time you read it you learn something new. They certainly do, or as I like to say – they give us instant gratification. The quote definitely reminds us what is truly important in our lives!

  2. This is great!
    Just as the article in the link differentiated love from desire/fondness ( https://shimonkepha.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/your-relationship-love-has-not-died-rather-this-is-what-might-have-happened/)
    the concept of heart vs head has been an issue to debate. Someone asked how can you think or love with your heart when the organ just pumps blood only.
    The sense towards the heart concept is all about emotions and emotional feelings.
    Emotions are so powerful that when left unchecked can do a lot!

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