Antoine De Saint-Exupery
(1900-1944) French Aviator, Writer
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
A designer knows he has arrived at perfection not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away.
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
As for the future, your task is not to forsee it, but to enable it.
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
I know of but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others.
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?
Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. [La perfection est atteinte non quand il ne reste rien à ajouter, mais quand il ne reste rien à enlever.]
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
The one thing that matters is the effort.
There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have.
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
What sets us against one another is not our aims - they all come to the same thing - but our methods, which are the fruit of our varied reasoning.
When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.
Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it.