Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
1900 – 1944
Who was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry, was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.
Saint-Exupéry was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force, flying reconnaissance missions until France's armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilised from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germany. Following a 27-month hiatus in North America, during which he wrote three of his most important works, he joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa, although he was far past the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health. He disappeared over the Mediterranean on his last assigned reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.
- Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
- To be a man is to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one's comrades. It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world.
- 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.
- It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
- It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
- More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use.
- 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.
- How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
- Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
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- Jun 29, 1900
- Also known as
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de
- Antoine de St. Exupéry
- A. de St. Exupéry
- Antoine-Marie-Roger De Saint-Exupery
- Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
(1931/04/11 - 1944/07/31)
- Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
- French people
- École Navale
- Lived in
- Jul 31, 1944
on July 23, 2013
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