antoine-marie-roger de saint-exupéry

  • 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.
  • as for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
  • a rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
  • you know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.
  • love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
  • it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
  • what makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
  • 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 people together.
  • pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.
  • the machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.
  • there is no hope of joy except in human relations.
  • grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
  • the field of consciousness is tiny. it accepts only one problem at a time. get into a fist fight, put your mind on the strategy of the fight, and you will not feel the other fellow's punches.
  • i know of but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.