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All Quotes by author - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
" A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten', he does not say 'My men were beaten.' "
" A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance. "
" A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them. "
" A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. "
" 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. "
" A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. "
" 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. "
" He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man. "
" 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. "
" If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. "
" I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin. "
" I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind. "
" It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. "
" It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. "
" It is such a secret place, the land of tears. "
" Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself. "
" Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. "
" Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. "
" No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls. "
" 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. "
" One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up. "
" Only he can understand what a farm is, what a country is, who shall have sacrificed part of himself to his farm or country, fought to save it, struggled to make it beautiful. Only then will the love of farm or country fill his heart. "
" Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known. "
" Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. "
" 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. "
" Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are. "
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