Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry (French: [ɑ̃twan də sɛ̃tɛɡzypeʁi]; 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 (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight. Saint-Exupéry was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), flying reconnaissance missions until France's armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilised from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germa... More

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quotes

Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Attitude

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Life

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Love

Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Love

For true love is inexhaustible the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten,' he does not say 'My men were beaten.'
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men

Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men

A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Respect

I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Time

The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #God

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.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Knowledge

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.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Love

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men

Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Happiness

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men

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.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Great #Nature #Technology

The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men #Truth

'Men have forgotten this truth,' said the fox. 'But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.'
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Men

One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #War

War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Design

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Imagination

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Work

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery #Freedom

I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.