Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery Quotations

-If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

-As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.

-A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

-La perfection est atteinte non quand il ne reste rien ajouter, mais quand il ne reste rien enlever.
(You know you’ve achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.)

-Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.

-Voici mon secret. Il est trs simple : on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
(It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.)

-What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

-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.

-Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.

-The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them

-There is no hope of joy except in human relations.

-You give birth to that upon which you fix your mind.

-Love, like a carefully loaded ship, crosses the gulf between the generations.

-We live not by things, but by the meaning of things. It is needful to transmit the passwords from generation to generation.

-You cannot plant an acorn in the morning and expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the tree.

-How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become-to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.

-Sorrow is one of the vibrations that prove the fact of living.

-You risk tears if you let yourself be tamed.

-One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.

-Language is the source of misunderstandings.

-He who would travel happily must travel light.
Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery