What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well.

Egypt's White Desert

Does this desert hold secret treasures?

“What makes the desert beautiful,” says the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

I was astonished by a sudden understanding of that mysterious radiation of the sands. When I was a little boy I lived in an old house, and legend told us that a treasure was buried there. To be sure, no one had ever known how to find it; perhaps no one had ever even looked for it. But it cast an enchantment over that house. My home was hiding a secret in the depths of its heart…

“Yes,” I said to the little prince. “The house, the stars, the desert– what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible!”

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

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2 Responses to “What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well.”

  1. Keli Says:

    “What is essential is invisible to the eye”

  2. Elizabeth Able Says:

    “Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

    “What is invisible is essential to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

    🙂

    You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed