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Antoine de Saint Exupery
June 29, 1900 - July 31, 1944
Nationality: French
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: French Novelist

A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.


True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.


You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.


War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.


The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.


The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.


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.


Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.


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.


Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.


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.


It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.


We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.


A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten," he does not say "My men were beaten".


Of what worth are convictions that bring not suffering?


The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.


Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.


It is such a secret place, the land of tears.


Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.


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.


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