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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

1900 – 1944 CE

French war hero, famous writer, poet, journalist, pioneering aviator, and an international inspiration for social aid and humanitarian projects; Antoine has the unique distinction of having his books banned by both Nazi occupied France as well as de Gaulle’s “Free” France. Modern France though voted The Little Prince the best book of the 20th century and holds him in such high esteem that his image and several of his drawings were printed on paper money, coins, and the stamps of more than 25 countries. Translated into more than 250 languages and full of deep but simple wisdom, The Little Prince is the 4th most-translated and one of the best selling books of all time.

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Wind, Sand, and Stars (1939)

Quotes by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (22 quotes)

“What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...’”

Chapters: 16. Returning to the Root, Meditation

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

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

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“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Chapters: 79. No Demands

Themes: Inscrutable

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“And the little prince broke into a lovely peal of laughter, which irritated me very much. I like my misfortunes to be taken seriously.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

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“But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”

Chapters: 66. Go Low

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“But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart… The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

Chapters: 28. Turning Back

Themes: Beauty

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“Children understand… All grown-ups were once children but only few of them remember it… I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them… Only the children know what they are looking for.”

Chapters: 76. The Soft and Flexible

Themes: Simplicity Forget

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“He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

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“I should have judged her according to her actions, not her words. she perfumed my planet and lit up my life.”

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Appreciation

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“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers...”

Chapters: 37. Nameless Simplicity

Themes: Love

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“In those days, I didn't understand anything. I should have judged her according to her actions, not her words. She perfumed my planet and lit up my life. I should never have run away! … But I was too young to know how to love her.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

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“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”

Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

Themes: Wisdom

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“Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more.”

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

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“The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen.”

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Magic

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“Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh!' And they will think you are crazy.”

Chapters: 41. Distilled Life

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“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”

Chapters: 36. The Small, Dark Light

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“What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them...Happiness doesn't lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

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“Words are the source of misunderstandings.”

Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

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“The individual is a path. Man only matters who takes the path.”

Themes: Meaningfulness

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“We are—all of us—pilgrims who struggle along different paths toward the same destination.”

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“What torments me tonight is the gardener's point of view... When by mutation a new rose is born in a garden, all the gardeners rejoice. They isolate the rose, tend it, foster it. But there is no gardener for men... It is the human race and not the individual that is wounded here”

from Wind, Sand, and Stars (1939)

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“To come to man's estate... The man who can see the miraculous in a poem, who can take pure joy from music, who can break his bread with comrades, opens his window to the same refreshing wind off the sea.”

from Wind, Sand, and Stars (1939)

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