what is essential

On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince, translator unknown

I read a Chinese translation of The Little Prince when I was 14. Almost a decade ago! I’ve forgotten most of the story by now; perhaps I should go read the English version this time round.

Meanwhile I found a site which compares some lines from the original French to translations in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese. Quite an interesting read!

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