Quotations by Saint-Exupery, Antoine


If it is true that wars are won by believers, it is also true that peace treaties are sometimes signed by businessmen.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
“Letter to an American” (1944)
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The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves but in our attitude towards them.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Citadelle [The Wisdom of the Sands] (1948)
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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the workers to gather wood, don’t divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Citadelle [The Wisdom of the Sands] (1948)
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What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

[Ce qui embellit le désert, dit le petit prince, c’est qu’il cache un puits quelque part.] 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Le Petit Prince [The Little Prince] (1943)
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Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.

[Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.] 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Le Petit Prince [The Little Prince] (1943)

Alternates:
"Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes."
"The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart."
 

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When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Le Petit Prince [The Little Prince, ch. 2 (1943)
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Demagoguery enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Pilote de Guerre [Flight to Arras] (1942)
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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.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Pilote de Guerre [Flight to Arras] (1942)
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Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

[Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction.] 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Terre des Hommes [Wind, Sand and Stars] (1939)
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Terre des Hommes [Wind, Sand and Stars], “Livre de Poche n
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Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Terre des Hommes [Wind, Sand and Stars], ch. 2, sec. 2 (1939)
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Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) French writer, aviator
Terre des Hommes [Wind, Sand and Stars], ch. 3 “L’Avion” (1939)
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