Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

French writer

Lived from: 1900-1944

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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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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    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.
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    Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
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    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.
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    Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
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    He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
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