Antoine de Saint Exupéry

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Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality—not as we expect it to be but as it is—is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
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Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint Exupéry (29 June 1900 -31 July 1944) was a French writer, poet and aviator.

See also The Little Prince

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It is another of the miraculous things about mankind that there is no pain nor passion that does not radiate to the ends of the earth. Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world.
  • Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings
    • Vol de Nuit (1931) (translated into English as Night Flight)
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
  • A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
    • Pilote de Guerre (1942) (translated into English as Flight to Arras)
Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.
  • If it is true that wars are won by believers, it is also true that peace treaties are sometimes signed by businessmen.
    • "Letter to an American" (1944)
  • Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.
    • Citadelle (1948) (translated into English as The Wisdom of the Sands)

Terre des Hommes (1939)

Translated into English as Wind, Sand and Stars (1939)
  • The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.
  • It is another of the miraculous things about mankind that there is no pain nor passion that does not radiate to the ends of the earth. Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world.
  • Aimer, ce n'est pas se regarder l'un l'autre, c'est regarder ensemble dans la même direction.
    • To love is not to look at one another: it is to look, together, at the same thing.
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered; it is something molded.
  • Nobody grasped you by the shoulder while there was still time. Now the clay of which you were shaped has dried and hardened, and naught in you will ever awaken the sleeping musician, the poet, the astronomer that possibly inhabited you in the beginning.
  • Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures — in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.
Perfection is attained, not when no more can be added, but when no more can be removed.
  • Être homme, c'est précisément être responsable. C'est connaître la honte en face d'une misère qui ne semblait pas dépendre de soi. C'est être fier d'une victoire que les camarades ont remportée. C'est sentir, en posant sa pierre, que l'on contribue à bâtir le monde.
    • To be a man is to be responsible: to be ashamed of miseries you did not cause; to be proud of your comrades' victories; to be aware, when setting one stone, that you are building a world.
      • Livre de Poche n°68, p.59
  • Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher.
    • Perfection is attained, not when no more can be added, but when no more can be removed.
    • Ch. III: L'Avion, p. 60
What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well.

Le Petit Prince (1943)

These are just a few selections, for more quotes from this work see The Little Prince
  • Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
    • Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.
    • Variant translations: Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.
      The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.
  • Les grandes personnes ne comprennent jamais rien toutes seules, et c'est fatigant, pour les enfants, de toujours leur donner des explications.
    • Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
  • Ce qui embellit le désert, dit le petit prince, c'est qu'il cache un puits quelque part...
    • What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well.

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  • If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
  • Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.
  • There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
  • True love is inexhaustible: the more you give, the more you have.
  • I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.
  • You do not inherit the earth from your ancestors: you borrow it from your children.
On n'hérite pas de la terre de ses ancètres, on l'emprunte à ses enfants.

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