Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint Exupéry was a French writer, poet and aviator.
Found 65 thoughts of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

He who would travel happily must travel light

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

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

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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.---Wind, Sand, and Stars

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Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is as if there were a natural law which ordained that to achieve this end, to refine the curve of a piece of furniture, or a ship's keel, or the fuselage of an airplane, until gradually it partakes of the elemental purity of the curve of the human breast or shoulder, there must experimentation of several generations of craftsmen. In any thing at all, 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.---Wind, Sand & Stars

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart...

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

For there is but one problem - the problem of human relations. We forget that there is no hope or joy except in human relations.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What do we mean by setting a man free? You cannot free a man who dwells in a desert and is an unfeeling brute. There is no liberty except the liberty of some one making his way towards something. Such a man can be set free if you will teach him the meaning of thirst, and how to trace a path to a well. Only then will he embark upon a course of action that will not be without significance. You could not liberate a stone if there were no law of gravity -- for where will the stone go, once it is quarried?

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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