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Why Laughing Stars?

“People have stars, but they aren’t the same. For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they’re nothing but tiny lights. And for still others, for scholars, they’re problems. For my businessman, they were gold. But all those stars are silent stars. You, though, you’ll have stars like nobody else.”

“What do you mean?”

“When you look up at the sky at night, since I’ll be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you, it’ll be as if all the stars are laughing. You’ll have stars that can laugh!”

And he laughed again.

“And when you’re consoled (everyone is eventually consoled), you’ll be glad you’ve known me. You’ll always be my friend. You’ll feel like laughing with me. And you’ll open your windows sometimes just for the fun of it… And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you’re looking up at the sky. Then you’ll tell them, ‘Yes, it’s the stars. They always make me laugh!”

– from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

This blog is dedicated to my mom, Patricia. She was a devout lover of language and literature, and The Little Prince was her favorite book. This story was the last thing we shared while she was alive. It’s also dedicated to my beautiful, quirky, brilliant kids, who challenge and inspire me with their unique and very different ways of looking at life.

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  1. May 5, 2010 6:08 pm

    Little Prince is one of the loveliest books I have ever read and greatly under-appreciated in America. I wish more people would read it here.

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