Antoine de Saint-Exupery

(29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944 / Lyon)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quotes

  • ''Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. The Little Prince, ch. 1 (1943).
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  • ''It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. The Little Prince, ch. 21 (1943).
  • ''Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. The Wisdom of the Sands, ch. 2 (1948).
  • ''Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something moulded.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Wind, Sand, and Star, ch. 2, sect. 1 (1939).
  • ''Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, writer. Wind, Sand, and Stars, ch. 3.
  • ''The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Wind, Sand, and Stars, ch. 3.
  • ''The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, writer. Wind, Sand, and Stars, ch. 5, published in Terre des Hommes (1939).
  • ''Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. "Wind, Sand, and Stars," ch. 2, sct. 2, Terre des Hommes (1939).
  • ''Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Wind, Sand, and Stars, ch. 8 (1939).
  • ''The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there—those things the god of battle does not take account of.''
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 15 (1942).

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Best Poem of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Generation To Generation

In a house which becomes a home,
one hands down and another takes up
the heritage of mind and heart,
laughter and tears, musings and deeds.
Love, like a carefully loaded ship,
crosses the gulf between the generations.
Therefore, we do not neglect the ceremonies
of our passage: when we wed, when we die,
and when we are blessed with a child;
When we depart and when we return;
When we plant and when we harvest.
Let us bring up our children. It is not
the place of some official to hand to them
their heritage.
If others impart to our children our ...

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Generation To Generation

In a house which becomes a home,
one hands down and another takes up
the heritage of mind and heart,
laughter and tears, musings and deeds.
Love, like a carefully loaded ship,
crosses the gulf between the generations.
Therefore, we do not neglect the ceremonies
of our passage: when we wed, when we die,
and when we are blessed with a child;

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