Only the children know what they are looking for.

brightly lit face of a child

Only the children are pressing their noses against the windowpanes

“They weren’t satisfied, where they were?” asked the little prince.

“No one is ever satisfied where he is,” the switchman said.

And a third brightly lit express train thundered past.

“Are they chasing the first travelers?” asked the little prince.

“They’re not chasing anything,” the switchman said. “They’re sleeping in there, or else they’re yawning. Only the children are pressing their noses against the windowpanes.”

Only the children know what they’re looking for,” said the little prince. “They spend their time on a rag doll and it becomes very important, and if it’s taken away from them, they cry…”

“They’re lucky,” the switchman said.


by Antoine de Saint Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944)
from The Little Prince, chapter XXII, (1943)
image – Kessiye

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