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Quotations From ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY

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  • 1.
    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).
  • 2.
    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-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.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 8 (1942).

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  • 3.
    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).
  • 4.
    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.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 12 (1942).
  • 5.
    What was my body to me? A kind of flunkey in my service. Let but my anger wax hot, my love grow exalted, my hatred collect in me, and that boasted solidarity between me and my body was gone.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 19 (1942).

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  • 6.
    Treason implies responsibility for something, control over something, influence upon something, knowledge of something. Treason in our time is a proof of genius. Why, I want to know, are not traitors decorated?
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 13 (1942).

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  • 7.
    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.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 1 (1942).

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  • 8.
    One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 23 (1942).

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  • 9.
    Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures—in this century as in others our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, writer. Wind, Sand, and Stars, ch. 3, published in Terre des Hommes (1939).

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  • 10.
    Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 23 (1942).

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