Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging, fox and rose


In his classic novella, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has left several important lessons. The vital ones are:

The Lesson of The Rose and The Lesson of The Fox


Your Rose is your responsibility is your rose. It is only in your responsibility (your rose) wherein you can find fulfillment, the ultimate reward and treasure.

It is only by loving and nurturing others that you can find yourself. (ccr & asp)

the rose of the prince #! best

Find a rose; water your rose; feed your rose; protect your rose!

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“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”

“Roses” are Life’s Grand Prix.(ccr)



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The fox in Le Petit Prince: “… if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….” (Saint-Exupery)


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What does it mean, to tame?
“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.

To establish ties?”

“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other.“To me, you will be unique in all he world. To you, I shall be unique in all the World…” 

fox and prince #2
“Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essentail matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.

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

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

Sometimes one can find their rose and their fox in the same person: that’s the real Grand Prize! (Rogers)little_prince__sunset_by_captain_shawn-d429o7e


“He who has a WHY to live can bear almost ant HOW.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Your Rose is your WHY. A Fox is a WHY.  see Anne Frank , Victor Frankl, and Frederich Nietzsche.

Attract a few foxes; keep them close; cherish them, water them, nourish them, protect them!


Summary picture The_Little_Prince_by_MjSephiroth

“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me… You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh”

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Charles Clanton Rogers           November27, 2015


[1] Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Little Prince” ,  first published in 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator.


[3]  Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 

[4] Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher,

10 thoughts on “ROSES AND FOXES

  1. A favorite story–i.e., parable–from when I was very young. Children often know truth for quite awhile, then we forget. This story and your post are reminders to not forget. Thanks for posting and peace to you and yours.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. clanton1934 says:

      Thank you Cynthia. c


  2. BeeHappee says:

    My favorite childhood story. Thank you for the reminder! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. clanton1934 says:

      Have you read his: “wind, sand and stars” ? His emotions in response to elements in nature. Charles


      1. BeeHappee says:

        No I had not but looks like a good one. Will check out. Thank you!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Sometimes grownups take their eyes off what is ultimately important in life.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. clanton1934 says:

      I have found at 81 y/ o that life may require hard work; but the principles are not complicated. Identify and be diligently nurture your rose and defend it. Find a few good foxes and be loyal to them! (Hi Richard, Charles)

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  4. bbnewsab says:

    Continue spreading your wisdom, KK!

    Liked by 1 person

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