“Wedding Plans?‏”

“Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility”. Anne Hathaway

“I believe that anybody who gets married should go to a counselor for months before the wedding. I think that’s going to save guys a lot of money and the ladies a lot of heartbreak”. James Brolin

A wedding is a ceremony where people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.

WEDDING A GIRL THING?

“I’d imagine my wedding as a fairy tale… huge, beautiful and white”. Paris Hilton

“A wedding is such a girl thing”. Selma Blair

“In the ’50s, a lot of girls never saw beyond the wedding day”. Helen Reddy

“I always had boyfriends, but I never imagined a proposal or a wedding. To me, that was like having a ball and chain round your neck”. Sandra Bullock

THE WEDDING PLANNER

“Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage”. Zig Ziglar

“Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding – yikes!” Niecy Nash

WEDDING INVITATIONS

“People always complain, ‘you never invited me to your wedding’, but I prefer casual weddings”. Sinead O’Connor

“An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court”. William Feather

A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil.

“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride”. Carolina Herrera

This tradition was popularized through the wedding of Queen Victoria. Some say Victoria’s choice of a white gown may have simply been a sign of extravagance, but may have also been influenced by the values she held which emphasized sexual purity.Within the modern ‘white wedding’ tradition, a white dress and veil are unusual choices for a woman’s second or subsequent wedding. The use of a wedding ring has long been part of religious weddings in Europe and America, but the origin of the tradition is unclear.

“In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble”. Eva Longoria

Music played at Western weddings includes a processional song for walking down the aisle (ex: wedding march) either before or after the marriage service.

THE WEDDING MARCH

“When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race”. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle”. Heinrich Heine

“The Wedding March has a bit of a death march in it”. Brian May

Relevant music includes:

Various works for trumpet and organ, arguably the most famous of which include the Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke as a processional, the “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell and the “Trumpet Voluntary” by John Stanley as recessionals.

Selections by George Frideric Handel, perhaps most notably the “Air” from his Water Music as processional and the “Alla Hornpipe” as recessional.

The “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, often used as the processional and commonly known as “Here Comes the Bride”.

Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D is an alternative processional.

The “Wedding March” from Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music for the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, used as a recessional.

The “Toccata” from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony for Organ No. 5, used as a recessional.

Segments of the Ode to Joy, the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Other alternative considerations include various contemporary melodies like Bob Marley’s One Love which is often performed by a steel drum band.

THE WEDDING SINGER

“I sang a song at my sister’s wedding. My mother forced me into that, too. But that one felt all right”. Adam Sandler

“I only did karaoke once in my life. It was with Courtney Love and it was a total disaster. She pulled me on stage in front of 500 people at a wedding. I’d never done karaoke before”. Jared Leto

WEDDING CRASHERS

“I think that weddings have probably been crashed since the beginning of time. Cavemen crashed them. You go to meet girls. It makes sense”. Christopher Walken

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL

“A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers”. Eddie Cantor

“My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening”. Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“If I Could Fly”

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth”. Henry David Thoreau

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly”. – Lauren Bacall

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly”. Richard Bach

“IF I COULD SEE WHERE MY FLYERS GO”

“Our words have wings, but fly not where we would”. George Eliot

A flyer or flier, also called a circular, handbill or leaflet, is a form of paper advertisement intended for wide distribution and typically posted or distributed in a public place or through the mail.

Flyers may be used by individuals, businesses, or organizations to:
-Promote a good or service, such as a restaurant or nightclub.

-Persuade or send a social, religious, or political message, as in evangelism or political campaign activities on behalf of a political party or candidate.

-Flyers have been used in armed conflict: for example, airborne leaflet propaganda has been a tactic of psychological warfare.-Recruit members

-Advertise an event such as a music concert, nightclub appearance, festival, or political rally
Like postcards, pamphlets and small posters, flyers are a low-cost form of mass marketing or communication.

There are many different flyer formats. Some examples are:

A4 (roughly letterhead size)
A5 (roughly half letterhead size)
DL (compliments slip size)
A6 (postcard size)

Cheap to produce, contemporary flyers are frequently produced in 300 g/m2 glossy card, whereas a leaflet might be produced on a 130 g/m2–170 g/m2 weight paper and can be a very effective form of direct marketing.

San Francisco has a long history of flyering. The first flyer company was The Thumbtack Bugle, which has been around for over twenty-five years. Haight Street is very popular for posting on telephone poles.

“And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high”. Ayrton Senna

“I’ve often said that the most important thing you can give your children is wings. Because, you’re not gonna always be able to bring food to the nest. You’re… sometimes… they’re gonna have to be able to fly by themselves”  Elizabeth Edwards

“Jumping Jean Sartre”‏

 

“It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish”.

“I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating”.

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980), normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist, and critic.

“You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen”. – Mother to her young son, Act 1 – The Flies (1943) – Les mouches (The Flies)

“Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry”. – “Orphée Noir (Black Orpheus)”

“He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being”. – L’âge de raison (The Age of Reason) (1945)

Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone Berriau et Hélèna Bossis

“What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him is not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself. Thus, there is no human nature, because there is no God to have a conception of it. Man simply is. Not that he is simply what he conceives himself to be, but he is what he wills, and as he conceives himself after already existing – as he wills to be after that leap towards existence. Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself. That is the first principle of existentialism”. Existentialism Is a Humanism, lecture (1946)

 Aside from the impact of Nausea, Sartre’s major work of fiction was The Roads to Freedom trilogy which charts the progression of how World War II affected Sartre’s ideas. In this way, Roads to Freedom presents a less theoretical and more practical approach to existentialism.

Despite their similarities as polemicists, novelists, adapters, and playwrights, Sartre’s literary work has been counterposed, often pejoratively, to that of Camus in the popular imagination. In 1948 the Roman Catholic Church placed Sartre’s oeuvre on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (List of Prohibited Books).

Nausea (1938) – La nausée (Nausea)

“I construct my memories with my present. I am lost, abandoned in the present. I try in vain to rejoin the past: I cannot escape”.

nauseate (v.)

1630s, “to feel sick, to become affected with nausea,” from nauseat- past participle stem of Latin nauseare “to feel seasick, to vomit,” also “to cause disgust,” from nausea (see nausea). Related: Nauseated; nauseating; nauseatingly. In its early life it also had transitive senses of “to reject (food, etc.) with a feeling of nausea” (1640s) and “to create a loathing in, to cause nausea” (1650s). Careful writers use nauseated for “sick at the stomach” and reserve nauseous (q.v.) for “sickening to contemplate.”

nausea (n.)
early 15c., vomiting, from Latin nausea “seasickness,” from Ionic Greek nausia (Attic nautia) “seasickness, nausea, disgust,” literally “ship-sickness,” from naus “ship” (see naval). Despite its etymology, the word in English seems never to have been restricted to seasickness.

“As if there could be true stories: things happen in one way, and we retell them in the opposite way”.

“This indifference of “things in themselves” (closely linked with the later notion of “being-in-itself” in his Being and Nothingness) has the effect of highlighting all the more the freedom Roquentin has to perceive and act in the world; everywhere he looks, he finds situations imbued with meanings which bear the stamp of his existence. Hence the “nausea” referred to in the title of the book; all that he encounters in his everyday life is suffused with a pervasive, even horrible, taste—specifically, his freedom. The book takes the term from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, where it is used in the context of the often nauseating quality of existence”.

“For the moment, the jazz is playing; there is no melody, just notes, a myriad of tiny tremors. The notes know no rest, an inflexible order gives birth to them then destroys them, without ever leaving them the chance to recuperate and exist for themselves…. I would like to hold them back, but I know that, if I succeeded in stopping one, there would only remain in my hand a corrupt and languishing sound. I must accept their death; I must even want that death: I know of few more bitter or intense impressions”.

In Letter on Humanism, Heidegger criticized Sartre’s existentialism: “Existentialism says existence precedes essence. In this statement he is taking existentia and essentia according to their metaphysical meaning, which, from Plato’s time on, has said that essentia precedes existentia. Sartre reverses this statement. But the reversal of a metaphysical statement remains a metaphysical statement. With it, he stays with metaphysics, in oblivion of the truth of Being.”

Brian C. Anderson denounced Sartre as an apologist for tyranny and terror because of his support for Stalinism, Maoism, and Castro’s regime in Cuba.

Paul Johnson denounced Sartre’s ideas for their influence on the Khmer Rouge: “The events in Cambodia in the 1970s, in which between one-fifth and one-third of the nation was starved to death or murdered, were entirely the work of a group of intellectuals, who were for the most part pupils and admirers of Jean-Paul Sartre – ‘Sartre’s Children’ as I call them.”

“I would like [people] to remember Nausea, [my plays] No Exit and The Devil and the Good Lord, and then my two philosophical works, more particularly the second one, Critique of Dialectical Reason. Then my essay on Genet, Saint Genet…. If these are remembered, that would be quite an achievement, and I don’t ask for more. As a man, if a certain Jean-Paul Sartre is remembered, I would like people to remember the milieu or historical situation in which I lived,… how I lived in it, in terms of all the aspirations which I tried to gather up within myself”

“I know. I know that I shall never again meet anything or anybody who will inspire me with passion. You know, it’s quite a job starting to love somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment, in the very beginning, when you have to jump across a precipice: if you think about it you don’t do it. I know I’ll never jump again”.

Sartre wrote successfully in a number of literary modes and made major contributions to literary criticism and literary biography. His plays are richly symbolic and serve as a means of conveying his philosophy. The best-known, Huis-clos (No Exit), contains the famous line “L’enfer, c’est les autres,” usually translated as “Hell is other people.”

“I am a man, Jupiter, and each man must invent his own path”. Orestes, Act 3 – The Flies (1943) – Les mouches (The Flies)

“Dyers Eve – Erroneous Zones: Take it or Leave it”‏

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about” Wayne Dyer

“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you”. Wayne Dyer

Dear Mother
Dear Father
What is this hell you have put me through
Believer
Deceiver
Day in day out live my life through you
Pushed onto me what’s wrong or right
Hidden from this thing that they call life
Dear Mother
Dear Father
Every thought I’d think you’d disapprove
Curator
Dictator
Always censoring my every move
Children are seen but are not heard
Tear out everything inspired
Innocence
Torn from me without your shelter
Barred reality
I’m living blindly
Dear Mother
Dear Father
Time has frozen still what’s left to be
Hear nothing
Say nothing
Cannot face the fact I think for me
No guarantee, it’s life as is
But damn you for not giving me my chance
Dear Mother
Dear Father
You’ve clipped my wings before I learned to fly
Unspoiled
Unspoken
I’ve outgrown that fucking lullaby
Same thing I’ve always heard from you
Do as I say not as I do
Innocence
Torn from me without your shelter
Barred reality
I’m living blindly
I’m in hell without you
Cannot cope without you two
Shocked at the world that I see
Innocent victim please rescue me
Dear Mother
Dear Father
Hidden in your world you’ve made for me
I’m seething
I’m bleeding
Ripping wounds in me that never heal
Undying spite I feel for you
Living out this hell you always knew
Songwriter(s): Kirk L. Hammett, James Alan Hetfield, Lars Ulrich

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself”. Wayne Dyer

“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours”.Wayne Dyer

Wayne Walter Dyer (born May 10, 1940) is an American self-help author and motivational speaker. He born in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Melvin Lyle and Hazel Irene Dyer and spent much of his childhood (until he was ten years old) in an orphanage on the east side of Detroit. After graduation from Denby High School Dyer served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962. He received his DEd degree in counseling from Wayne State University.

Dyer worked as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit and as a professor of counselor education at St. John’s University in New York City.He pursued an academic career, published in journals and established a private therapy practice. His lectures at St. John’s, which focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, attracted many students. A literary agent persuaded Dyer to document his theories in his first book called Your “Erroneous Zones”.

“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out – because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside”. Wayne Dyer

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice”. Wayne Dyer

“Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery”. Wayne Dyer

“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made”. Wayne Dyer

Dyer has been criticized by some PBS viewers for his appearances on PBS during their pledge drives and his teachings have been characterized by some of these viewers as superficial platitudes that lack rigor and have limited practical or intellectual value. In May 2010, author Stephen Mitchell, husband of New Age author Byron Katie, filed a suit against Dyer for plagiarism, accusing him of taking 200 lines of his interpretation of the Tao Te Ching for his books Living the Wisdom of the Tao and Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life

“My beliefs are that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don’t think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don’t be Christian, be Christ-like. Don’t be Buddhist, be Buddha-like.” Wayne Dyer

“Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual.” Wayne Dyer


“DO OR DYE”

“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed”. Wayne Dyer

“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life”. Wayne Dyer

Day & Night (2010), an animated short film created by Pixar and which was shown along with Toy Story 3 during the movie’s opening in the U.S., featured an excerpt from one of Dyer’s lectures.

“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing”. Wayne Dyer

Erroneous

“Sing of the Dignity of Man”‏

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion” Max de Pree

“Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fat man lookin’ in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
Hollow man lookin’ in a cottonfield
For dignity

Wise man lookin’ in a blade of grass
Young man lookin’ in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin’ through painted glass
For dignity

Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun

Searchin’ high, searchin’ low
Searchin’ everywhere I know
Askin’ the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin’ out of a trance
Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin’ to find one circumstance
Of dignity

I went to the wedding of Mary-lou
She said ?I don’t want nobody see me talkin’ to you?
Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
About dignity

I went down where the vultures feed
I would’ve got deeper, but there wasn’t any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn’t any difference to me

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin’ man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years
For dignity

Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
Said he’d give me information if his name wasn’t used
He wanted money up front, said he was abused
By dignity

Footprints runnin’ cross the silver sand
Steps goin’ down into tattoo land
I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the bordertowns of despair

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I’m on the rollin’ river in a jerkin’ boat
Tryin’ to read a note somebody wrote
About dignity

Sick man lookin’ for the doctor’s cure
Lookin’ at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
for dignity

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin’ his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
For dignity

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
Into the valley of dry bone dreams

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity

dignity (n.)
early 13c., from Old French dignite “dignity, privilege, honor,” from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) “worthiness,” from dignus “worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting” from PIE *dek-no-, from root *dek- “to take, accept” .

“A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it”. Victor Hugo

“There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance”. John C. Maxwell

“It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent”. W. Somerset Maugham

“We don’t live by just sleeping and eating. We need pride and dignity in our lives. Work gives you that”. Yoko Ono

So society just can’t let us be
Please don’t be ashamed, we are not to blame
The future’s ours to take, we will make mistakes
Scream this loud and proud, we will not back down

“Relationships based on obligation lack dignity”. Wayne Dyer

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances”. Aristotle

“Patriotism To The Patriots”‏

 

“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind”. Voltaire

pa•tri•ot•ism/ˈpeɪtriəˌtɪzəm or, esp. British, ˈpæ-/ Show Spelled [pey-tree-uh-tiz-uhm or, esp. British, pa-]

noun
devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty. Origin:
1720–30; patriot + -ism

“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism”. Bob Riley

“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”. Samuel Johnson

“Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride”. Anne-Marie Slaughter

“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong”. James Bryce

“They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead”. Henry A. Wallace

“The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms! Robert Walpole

patriot (n.)
1590s, “compatriot,” from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota “fellow-countryman” (6c.), from Greek patriotes “fellow countryman,” from patrios “of one’s fathers,” patris “fatherland,” from pater (genitive patros) “father” (see father (n.)); with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Liddell & Scott write that patriotes was “applied to barbarians who had only a common [patris], [politai] being used of Greeks who had a common [polis] (or free-state).”
Meaning “loyal and disinterested supporter of one’s country” is attested from c.1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18c. in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as “one whose ruling passion is the love of his country,” in his fourth edition added, “It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government.”

“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works”. Bill Vaughan

“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about”. Mark Twain

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched”. Guy de Maupassant

“Patriotism is the religion of hell”. James Branch Cabell

“My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism”. John Woo

“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first”. Charles de Gaulle

“I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?” Bill Maher

“Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong”. Ron Paul

“There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism”. Bruce Springsteen

“I have no sense of patriotism, but I do have a sense of community”. Chrissie Hynde

“Little Prince of the Sahara Desert”‏

“…An allegory of Saint-Exupéry’s own life—his search for childhood certainties and interior peace, his mysticism, his belief in human courage and brotherhood, and his deep love for his wife Consuelo but also an allusion to the tortured nature of their relationship.”

The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince; French pronunciation: [lə.pə.tiˈpʁɛ̃s]), first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944). He wrote many stories that became famous, including The Little Prince (original:Le petit prince, 1943), Night Flight (original: Vol de nuit, 1931), and Wind, Sand and Stars (original: Terre des hommes,Land of People, 1939). Saint-Exupéry did not return from a reconnaissance flight he did near Marseille, in 1944.


“The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.”

“Only children know what they are looking for”.

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. It was written during a dark, restless, but productive period for Saint-Exupéry after he fled to North America subsequent to the Fall of France during the Second World War, witnessed first hand by the author and captured in his memoir Flight to Arras

“I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset…”

“I should never have listened to her,” he confided to me one day, “One should never listen to the flowers. One should simply look at them and breathe their fragrance.”

After the outbreak of the Second World War Saint-Exupéry became exiled in North America. In the midst of personal upheavals and failing health he produced almost half of the writings he would be remembered for, including a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love and loss, in the form of a young prince fallen to Earth. An earlier memoir by the author had recounted his aviation experiences in the Sahara Desert and he is thought to have drawn on those same experiences for use as plot elements in The Little Prince.

“Language is the source of misunderstandings”

In The Little Prince, its narrator, the pilot, talks of being stranded in the desert beside his crashed aircraft. This account clearly drew on Saint-Exupéry’s own experience in the Sahara, an ordeal described in detail in his 1939 memoir Wind, Sand and Stars (original French: Terre des hommes).
On December 30, 1935, at 02:45 am, after 19 hours and 44 minutes in the air, Saint-Exupéry, along with his copilot-navigator André Prévot, crashed in the Sahara desert.

They were attempting to break the speed record for a Paris-to-Saigon flight in a then-popular type of air race, called a raid, and win a prize of 150,000 francs. Their plane was a Caudron C-630 Simoun, and the crash site is thought to have been near to the Wadi Natrun valley, close to the Nile Delta.

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

Both miraculously survived the crash, only to face rapid dehydration in the intense desert heat. Their maps were primitive and ambiguous. Lost among the sand dunes with a few grapes, a thermos of coffee, a single orange, and some wine, the pair had only one day’s worth of liquid. They both began to see mirages, which were quickly followed by more vivid hallucinations. By the second and third days, they were so dehydrated that they stopped sweating altogether. Finally, on the fourth day, a Bedouin on a camel discovered them and administered a native rehydration treatment that saved Saint-Exupéry and Prévot’s lives.

The Sahara (Arabic: الصحراء الكبرى‎, aṣ-Ṣaḥrāʾ al-Kubrā , ‘the Great Desert’) is the world’s hottest desert, and the third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. At over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), it covers most of North Africa, making it almost as large as China or the United States. The Sahara stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts to the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna that composes the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the sand dunes can reach 180 metres (590 ft) in height

Ooh and to believe in you.
Saharan winds to bring me wings to fly
so far away so far so high.
Saharan mystery
will charm the words
that mark the history
of wars and world
I’ll cross the night
and come to you.
You’ll take me to heights
beyond the blue,
the blue of a sweet Saharan dream.
Ooh so far across the dune
Ooh Saharan dream of you.

The Sahara covers large parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. It is one of three distinct physiographic provinces of the African massive physiographic division.


The desert landforms of the Sahara are shaped by wind or by occasional rains and include sand dunes and dune fields or sand seas (erg), stone plateaus (hamada), gravel plains (reg), dry valleys, and salt flats (shatt or chott). Unusual landforms include the Richat Structure in Mauritania.

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Some see the prince as a Christ figure, as “…he is described as being free of sin. He also believes in a life after death [and at] the end of the book, he returns to his star, his heaven.”However Life photojournalist John Phillips provided a direct answer to the question when he questioned the author-aviator on his inspiration for the child character. After Phillips posed the question Saint-Exupéry replied that “…one day he looked down on what he thought was a blank sheet and saw a small childlike figure.” When asked who the figure was, the author replied “I’m the Little Prince”.

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