Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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I don't understand these people anymore, that travel the commuter-trains to their dormitory towns. These people that call themselves human, but, by a pressure they do not feel, are forced to do their work like ants. With what do they fill their time when they are free of work on their silly little Sundays? I am very fortunate in my profession. I feel like a farmer, with the airstrips as my fields. Those that have once tasted this kind of fare will not forget it ever. Not so, my friends?
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Silly
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Vain is the hope of finding pleasure in that which one has hitherto disdained; as when the warrior hopes to find pleasure in the joys of the sedentaries.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Warrior
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Trying to be witty leads to lying, more or less.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Witty
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Good taste" is a virtue of the keepers of museums. If you scorn bad taste, you will have neither painting nor dancing, neither palaces nor gardens.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Garden
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When faith burns itself out, 'tis God who dies and thenceforth proves unavailing.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Prove
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If France is to be judged, judge her not by the effects of her defeat but by her readiness to sacrifice herself.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: War
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You're not a man, you're a mushroom!
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Men
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I am a fox", the fox said.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Foxes
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It is the savor of bread broken with comrades that makes us accept the values of war.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: War
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I was wrong to grow older. Pity. I was so happy as a child.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Children
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In order to cure a feeling of malaise, you have to throw light on it.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Light
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I know a planet where there is a certain red-faced gentleman. He has never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved any one. He has never done anything in his life but add up figures. And all day he says over and over, just like you: 'I am busy with matters of consequence!' And that makes him swell up with pride. But he is not a man - he is a mushroom!
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Stars
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Although human life is priceless, we always act as if something had an even greater price than life... but what is that something?
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Priceless
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Inspirational
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But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Conceited
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What he had yearned to embrace was not the flesh but a down spirit, a spark, the impalpable angel that inhabits the flesh.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Angel
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I still fall for your everyday.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Happy Anniversary
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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.'
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Fear
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To grasp the meaning of the world of today we use a language created to express the world of yesterday. The life of the past seems to us nearer our true natures, but only for the reason that it is nearer our language.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Past
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Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Men
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"It's a question of discipline," the little prince told me later on. "When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Morning
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Using an artful tool does not make one a dry technician. It seems to me that people that are anxious about our technical advancement, confuse means and ends. Naturally a person that only works for material gain will not harvest something that is worth living for. But the machine is not an end in itself. The airplane is not an end. It is a tool. Just like the plough.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Airplane
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No one has tamed you and you haven't tamed anyone.Your'e the way my fox was. He was just a fox like a hundred thousand others. But I've made him my friend, and now he's the only fox in the world.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: World
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And that heart which was a wild garden was given to him who only loved trim lawns. And the imbecile carried the princess into slavery.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Princess
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Grown-ups love figures... When you tell them you've made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? " Instead they demand "How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? " Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Father
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A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Stars
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I shall never again admire a merely brave man.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Men
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You're beautiful, but you're empty.... No one could die for you.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Beautiful
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The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Funny
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But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Unique
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There is a cheap literature that speaks to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are in search of distance. But distance is not to be found. It melts away. And escape has never led anywhere. The moment a man finds that he must play the races, go the Arctic, or make war in order to feel himself alive, that man has begin to spin the strands that bind him to other men and to the world. But what wretched strands! A civilization that is really strong fills man to the brim, though he never stir. What are we worth when motionless, is the question.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Strong
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Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Believe
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When one wishes to play the wit, he sometimes wander a little from the truth.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Play
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The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry. He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him.... He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Dream
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C'est véritablement utile puisque c'est joli. It is truly useful since it is beautiful.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Beautiful
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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."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Inspirational
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Sitting in the flickering light of the candles on this kerchief of sand, on this village square, we waited in the night. We were waiting for the rescuing dawn - or for the Moors. Something, I know not what, lent this night a savor of Christmas. We told stories, we joked, we sang songs. In the air there was that slight fever that reigns over a gaily prepared feast. And yet we were infinitely poor. Wind, sand, and stars. The austerity of Trappists. But on this badly lighted cloth, a handful of men who possessed nothing in the world but their memories were sharing invisible riches.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Song
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When you want to build a ship, then do not drum the men together in order to procure wood, to give instructions or to distribute the work, but teach them longing for the wide endless sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Men
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The flower you single out is a rejection of all other flowers; nevertheless, only on these terms is it beautiful.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Beautiful
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We are prudent people. We are afraid to let go of our petty reality in order to grasp at a great shadow.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Letting Go
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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.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Stars
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Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Sad
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It's a question of discipline,' the little prince told me later on. 'when you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet. you must be sure you pull up the baobabs regularly, as soon as you can tell them apart from the rosebushes, which they closely resemble when they're very young. It's very tedious work, but very easy.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Morning
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The dignity of the individual demands that he be not reduced to vassalage by the largesse of others.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Demand
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No individual is isolated. He who is sad, saddens others.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Art
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She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Running
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I was too young to know how to love her.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: How To Love
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You're beautiful, but you're empty...One couldn't die for you. Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she's the one I've watered. Since she's the one I put under glass, since she's the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she's the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except the two or three butterflies). Since she's the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she's my rose.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Beautiful
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Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity, which is to be what one is and no other.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Collection: Freedom