Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

France
29 Jun 1900 // 31 Jul 1944
Writer / Aviator

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To be man, it is precisely to be responsible. It is to know shame opposite a misery which does not resemble depending on oneself. It is to be proud of a victory that your comrades gained ...It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have
There is no hope of joy except in human relations
Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit
It is another of the miraculous things about mankind that there is no pain nor passion that does not radiate to the ends of the earth. Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world
As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it
If it is true that wars are won by believers, it is also true that peace treaties are sometimes signed by businessmen
You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose
Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it
When you give yourself, you receive more than you give
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