Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quotes & Wallpapers

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Love does not cause suffering: what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love's opposite Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

And at night I love to listen to the stars. It is like five hundred million little bells ... Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Experience will guide us to the rules. You cannot make rules precede practical experience. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

What did I care about my hammer, about my bolt, about thirst or death? There was, on one star, on one planet, on mine, the Earth, a little prince to be consoled! I took him in my arms. I rocked him. I told him, 'The flower you love is not in danger...I'll draw you a muzzle for your sheep...I'll draw you a fence for your flower...I' I didn't know what to say. How clumsy I felt! I didn't know how to reach him, where to find him...It's so mysterious, the land of tears. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Good taste" is a virtue of the keepers of museums. If you scorn bad taste, you will have neither painting nor dancing, neither palaces nor gardens. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is the savor of bread broken with comrades that makes us accept the values of war. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If some one loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, "My flower's up there somewhere. . . ." But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it's as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn't important? Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I still fall for your everyday. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. [Fr., Il est tres simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.] Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You know... when you are sad you love the sunsets. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

* if someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows, in all the millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

When you have duly arrayed your facts in logical order, lo, it is like an oil-lamp that you have made, filled and trimmed, but which sheds no light unless first you light it. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

How should men know what is coming to pass within them, when there are no words to grasp it? How could the drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Neither intelligence nor judgment are creative. If a sculptor is nothing but science and intelligence his hands will have no talent. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I believe that for his escape he took advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Action and personal happiness have no truck with each other; they are eternally at war. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you are to be, you must begin by assuming responsibility. You alone are responsible for every moment of your life, for every one of your acts. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There is no hope of joy except in human relations. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Intelligence is not creative; judgment is not creative. If a sculptor is nothing but skill and mind, his hands will be without genius. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

One day, I watched the sun setting forty-four times......You know...when one is so terribly sad, one loves sunsets. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

But if you tame me, my life will be filled with sunshine. I'll know the sound of footsteps that will be different from all the rest. Others send me back underground. Yours will call me out of my burrow like music. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Using an artful tool does not make one a dry technician. It seems to me that people that are anxious about our technical advancement, confuse means and ends. Naturally a person that only works for material gain will not harvest something that is worth living for. But the machine is not an end in itself. The airplane is not an end. It is a tool. Just like the plough. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry. He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him.... He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Beauty of the Mountain is hidden for all those who try to discover it from the top, supposing that, one way or an other, one can reach this place directly. The Beauty of the Mountain reveals only to those who climbed it... Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams... Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I have always learned to distinguish the important from the urgent. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Aimer, ce n'est point nous regarder l'un l'autre, mais regarder ensemble dans la meme direction. English Translation: To love is not to look at each other, But to look together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you'll see how everything changes Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Of course I'll hurt you. Of course you'll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him, but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

if a sheep eats bushes does it eat flowers too? a sheep eats whatever it finds even a flower with thorn? even a flower with thorns. then what's the good of thorns? Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

For I do not want any one to read my book carelessly. I have suffered too much grief in setting down these memories. Six years have already passed since my friend went away from me, with his sheep. If I try to describe him here, it is to make sure that I shall not forget him. To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like the grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

In giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To grasp the meaning of the world of today we use a language created to express the world of yesterday. The life of the past seems to us nearer our true natures, but only for the reason that it is nearer our language. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is the missed opportunity that counts, and in a love that vainly yearns from behind prison bars you have perchance the love supreme. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Nothing comes of severity if there be no leanings towards a change of heart. And if there be natural leanings towards a change of heart, what need for severity? Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Truth is not that which is demonstrable but that which is ineluctable. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The magic of the craft has opened for me a world in which I shall confront, within two hours, the black dragons and the crowned crests of a coma of blue lightnings, and when night has fallen I, delivered, shall read my course in the starts. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When I find a woman attractive, I have nothing at all to say. I simply watch her smile. Intellectuals take apart her face in order to explain it bit by bit, but they no longer see the smile. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A smile is often the key thing.One is paid with a smile. One is rewarded with a smile. One is brightened by a smile. And the quality of a smile can make one die. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity, which is to be what one is and no other. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming - a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If I were to command a general to turn into a seagull, and if the general did not obey, that would not be the general's fault. It would be mine. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If France is to be judged, judge her not by the effects of her defeat but by her readiness to sacrifice herself. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you find serenity. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The house, the stars, the desert - what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible! Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

GOOD MORNING," said the little prince. "Good Morning," said the salesclerk. This was a salesclerk who sold pills invented to quench thirst. Swallow one a week and you no longer feel any need to drink. "Why do you sell these pills?" "They save so much time," the salesclerk said. "Experts have calculated that you can save fifty-three minutes a week." "And what do you do with those fifty-three minutes?" "Whatever you like." "If I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked," the little prince said to himself, "I'd walk very slowly toward a water fountain... Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When someone blushes, doesn't that mean 'yes'? Antoine de Saint-Exupery

How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.What is true is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's useful because it's beautiful. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry. He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him.... He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's a question of discipline, the little prince told me later on. When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

People haven't time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Loneliness is bred of a mind that has grown earthbound. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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! I ought to have realized the tenderness underlying her silly pretensions. Flowers are so contadictory! But I was too young to know how to love her. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her... Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I shall never again admire a merely brave man. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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