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Quotations by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He does not say, “My men were beaten,” he says, “I was beaten.”

A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries. Elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.

A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.

A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.

Are wars … anything but the means whereby a nation’s problems are set, where creation is stimulated — there you have adventure. But there is no adventure in heads-or-tails, in betting that the toss will come out of life or death. War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.

Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility.

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something moulded.

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.