Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944) was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.

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Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown that terror becomes the known.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

He who would travel happily must travel light.

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.

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.

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I, if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate.

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory and in creative action that man finds his supreme joys.

Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him, but to God, that the gift was made.

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

'Men have forgotten this truth' said the fox. 'But you must not forget it. You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.'

A civilization is built on what is required of men not on that which is provided for them.

You are responsible forever for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.

How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing when the one thing needful for a man is to become - to be at last and to die in the fullness of his being.

We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.

The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.

He who has gone so we but cherish his memory, abides with us more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten " he does not say "My men were beaten".

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