Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

French writer

Lived from: 1900-1944

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    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.
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    When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed. Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. The body is an old crock that nobody will miss. I have never known a man to think of himself when dying. Never.
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    When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.
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    Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it.
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    You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
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    'Men have forgotten this truth,' said the fox. 'But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.'.
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    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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    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.
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    A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
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    A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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    A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
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    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
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    A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.
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    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.
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    Are wars... anything but the means whereby a nation's problems are set, where creation is stimulated - there you have adventure. But there is no adventure in heads-or-tails, in betting that the toss will come out of life or death. War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
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