Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Quotations

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.' Thus speaks a real man.

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

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered; it is something molded.

How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together 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 know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.

It is folly to plant an acorn in the morning and expect to rest that evening in the shade of a giant oak.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

Language is the source of misunderstandings.

Life creates order, but order does not create life.

Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.

Man's "progress" is but a gradual discovery that his questions have no meaning.

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

What is essential is invisible to the eye.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.

When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed. Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter.