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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Biography : French writer, poet, journalist and aviator.
Born: 1900 - Died: 1944
Period:
20th century
Place of birth: France
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All grown-ups were once children (but only few of them remember it).
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All grown-ups were once children (but only few of them remember it).

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A smile is often the most essential thing. One is repaid by a smile. One is rewarded by a smile. One is animated by a smile.
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Intelligence has value only in the service of love.
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As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

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It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
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It is spirit that rules the world, not intelligence.
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If you want to understand the meaning of happiness, you must see it as a reward and not as a goal.
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Language is a source of misunderstanding.
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It seems that perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
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Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
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We are of our childhood as we are from a country.
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When we work for material ends alone, we build ourselves our own prison.
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The earth teaches us more about ourselves than all the books in the world, because it is resistant to us. Self-discovery comes when man measures himself against an obstacle.
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To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls.
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Order does not create life.
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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.
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Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.
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One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.
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Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.
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The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
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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.
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For true love is inexhaustible the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
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A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten,' he does not say 'My men were beaten.'
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Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
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'Men have forgotten this truth,' said the fox. 'But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.'
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If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
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Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
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Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
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