Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Quotes

34 of the best book quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
“But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”
“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.”
“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.”
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
“When someone blushes, doesn’t that mean ‘yes’?”
“I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.”
“Only the children know what they are looking for.”
“But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart.”
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems... But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them.”
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”
“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“I am who I am and I have the need to be.”
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
“No one is ever satisfied where he is.”
“One day, I watched the sun setting forty-four times......You know...when one is so terribly sad, one loves sunsets.”
“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden... Yet they don’t find what they’re looking for... And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose.”
“It is such a mysterious place, the land of tears.”
“What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them...Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”
“What makes the desert beautiful,′ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well...”
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
“The proof that the little prince existed is that he was charming, that he laughed, and that he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.”
“To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has had a friend.”
“Words are the source of misunderstandings.”
“Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy ready-made things in the shops. But since there are no shops where you can buy friends, men no longer have any friends.”
“Sometimes, there is no harm in putting off a piece of work until another day.”
“It’s all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you’ll see how everything changes.”
“If you love a flower which happens to be on a star, it is sweet at night to gaze at the sky. All the stars are a riot of flowers.”
“Grown ups are certainly very strange.”
“Of course I love you. It is my fault that you have not known it all the while.”
“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me.
Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, “Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?” And you’ll see how everything changes. . . . And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important!
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