antoine de saint exupery Quotes

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
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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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
It's quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.[Fr., Il est tres simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.]
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Experience will guide us to the rules. You cannot make rules precede practical experience.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Real love begins where nothing is expected in return.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
It is in your act that you exist, not in your body. Your act is yourself, and there is no other you.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Every person that comes into our life comes for a reason; some come to learn and others come to teach.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
— Antoine de Saint Exupery
All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You-you alone-will have the stars as no one else has them-
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Let your dream devour your life, not your life devour your dream.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
When one is building a ship, one does not begin with gathering timber and cutting planks, but rather by arousing in people the yearning for the great wide sea.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
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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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
If you want to build a ship, don't summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work; teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Of course I'll hurt you. Of course you'll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
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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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
If you want to build a ship, teach the men to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The first stars tremble as if shimmering in green water. Hours must pass before their glimmer hardens into the frozen glitter of diamonds. I shall have a long wait before I witness the soundless frolic of the shooting stars. In the profound darkness of certain nights I have seen the sky streaked with so many trailing sparks that it seemed to me a great gale must be blowing through the outer heavens.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
One cannot build life from refrigerators, politics, credit statements and crossword puzzles. That is impossible. Nor can one exist for any length of time without poetry, without color, without love.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
You give birth to that on which you fix your mind
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
To be a man is, precisely, 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.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
What value has compassion that does not take its object in its arms?
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The house, the stars, the desert - what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible!
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
Confuse not love with the raptures of possession, which bring the cruellest of sufferings. For, notwithstanding the general opinion, love does not cause suffering: what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love's opposite.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
That is the hardest thing of all. It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it's because you're truly a wise man.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery
The important thing is to strive toward a goal which is not immediately visible. That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.
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— Antoine de Saint Exupery