The Little Prince
How we cite our quotes:
But she interrupted herself at that point. She had come in the form of a seed. She could not have known anything of any other worlds. Embarrassed over having let herself be caught on the verge of such a naïve untruth, she coughed two or three times, in order to put the little prince in the wrong. (8.21)
Oh, very cute, flower. But a strategy that might come in handy if we’re ever caught telling a lie.
“Exactly. One must require from each one the duty which each one can perform,” the king went on. “Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. If you ordered your people to go and throw themselves into the sea, they would rise up in revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable.” (10.35)
The king’s interpretation of “absolute authority” is interesting, even though it isn’t true. (But one thing’s for sure: If more kings were like this, there would be a lot fewer revolutions in history.)
“Then you shall judge yourself,” the king answered. “That is the most difficult thing of all. It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.” (10.48)
It is hard to examine your own character or your own actions without being biased in some way. Come on, it’s you! If you’re going to cut anybody a break, it’s probably you.