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 à ajouter, mais quand il ne reste rien à 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 très 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