Antoine de Saint-Exupery

(29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944 / Lyon)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry was an aristocrat French writer, poet and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars.

He was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war he joined the Armée de l'Air (French Air Force), flying reconnaissance missions until France's armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilized from... more »

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  • ''We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 23 (1942).
  • War is not a true adventure. It is a mere ersatz. Where ties are established, where problems are set, where creation is stimulated—there you have adventure. But there is no adventure in heads-or-...
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 8 (1942).
  • When the body sinks into death, the essense 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 wi...
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 19 (1942).
  • On a day of burial there is no perspective—for space itself is annihilated. Your dead friend is still a fragmentary being. The day you bury him is a day of chores and crowds, of hands false or tr...
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 2 (1942).
  • ''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-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 15 (1942).
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