Star Child: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Posted on February 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a

great  number of little bells that knew how to laugh. Little Prince

The Morgan Library and Museum features the New York story of Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince.

Antoine wrote The Little Prince in New York, at the height of WW II. It’s images and sounds live with us. And his message relates to us today as we plan to harness and mine asteroids and colonize space.

All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh!

You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh.
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince