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Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quotes


A French writer, poet and aviator.
(1900 - 1944)

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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.'
 

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He does not say "My men were beaten," he says, "I was beaten."
[Self Reliance]
 

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 civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
 

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
 

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
[Hope]
 

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

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.
 

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.
 

Defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom.
 

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
 

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.
 

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.
 

Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity, the necessity of being the man you are, and not another. You are free to be that man, but not free to be another.
 

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.
 

Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.
 

How could the drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
[Silence]
 

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.
 

I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.
 


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