Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), and for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars

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A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Love has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
All men have the stars, but they do not mean the same things for different people. For some they are guides, for others, no more than little lights in the sky. But all these are silent. You--you alone have the stars as no one else has them
Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility.
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
Grown ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
He who would travel happily must travel light.
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.
If someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists.
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.
One man may hit the mark, another blunder but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.
One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us.
To be a man is to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one's comrades. It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.
When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.
You become responsible forever, for what you have tamed.

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