When you’ve finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready

Home, seen from Space

Home, seen from Space

Now there were some terrible seeds on the planet that was the home of the little prince; and these were the seeds of the baobab. The soil of that planet was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, ever be able to get rid of if you attend to it too late. It spreads over the entire planet. It bores clear through it with its roots. And if the planet is too small, and the baobabs are many, they split it in pieces…

“It is a question of discipline,” the little prince said to me later on. “When you’ve finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready, just so, with the greatest care. You must see to it that you pull up regularly all the baobabs, at the very first moment when they can be distinguished from the rose-bushes which they resemble so closely in their earliest youth. It is very tedious work,” the little prince added, “but very easy.”

from The Little Prince, 1943
by Antoine de Saint Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944)
image credit: Nasa, Apollo 13

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2 Responses to “When you’ve finished getting yourself ready in the morning, you must go get the planet ready”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Thank you for reminding me to do my bit for the planet and the environment.

  2. admin Says:

    🙂 It reminds me to do my bit for my own back yard, and have faith that that makes a difference in the “big” world.