Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Le Petit Prince, 1943: Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
1. 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.
#2 Citadelle or The Wisdom of the Sands, 1948
2. Confuse not love with the raptures of possession, which bring the cruellest of sufferings. For, notwithstanding the general opinion, love does not cause suffering: what causes it is the sense of ownership, which is love’s opposite.
3. The arms of love encompass you with your present, your past, your future, the arms of love gather you together. (Southern Mail)
4. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. (Wind, Sand and Stars)
5. If your love has no hope of being welcomed do not voice it; for if it be silent it can endure, a guarded flame, within you. (The Wisdom of the Sands)
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He is most famous for his novella The Little Prince, which has been translated into more than 180 languages and sold more than 80 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books ever. He is also well known for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars.
He was a successful commercial pilot pre-war, joining the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) on the outbreak of war, flying reconnaissance missions until the armistice with Germany. Following a spell writing in the United States, he joined the Free French Forces. He went missing on a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean in July 1944.
Sayings by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
#1 Pilote de Guerre (Flight to Arras), 1942: Les pierres du chantier ne sont en vrac qu’en apparence, s’il est, perdu dans le chantier, un homme, serait-il seul, qui pense cathédrale.
1. A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
#2 Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand and Stars), 1939
2. Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
#3 Le Petit Prince, 1943: Les grandes personnes ne comprennent jamais rien toutes seules, et c’est fatigant, pour les enfants, de toujours leur donner des explications.
3. Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
#4 Vol de Nuit (Night Flight), 1931
4. Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.
#5 Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand and Stars), 1939: Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n’y a plus rien à retrancher.
5. It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.
#6-7 Flight to Arras
6. Man is a knot into which relationships are tied.
7. I can be bound to no men except those to whom I give. I understand no men except those to whom I am bound.
#8-13 The Little Prince
8. Authority is based first of all upon reason. If you command your subjects to jump into the ocean, there will be a revolution. I am entitled to command obedience because my orders are reasonable.
9. But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
10. Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. It seems that they are very beautiful.
11. But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.
12. For the sunset. We must wait until it is time.
13. The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen.
14. That is the hardest thing of all. It is much harder to judge yourself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself, it’s because you are truly a wise man.
#15 Le Petit Prince, 1943: Ce qui embellit le désert, dit le petit prince, c’est qu’il cache un puits quelque part.
15. What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well.
#16 Citadelle or The Wisdom of the Sands, 1948
16. Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.
Unsourced Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Quotes
1. True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
2. Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself. Not whom I want you to be, but to who you are.
3. True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
4. The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.