Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Antoine de Saint-Exupéry !

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Today is the birthday of an aristocrat French writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944). 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 (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars. Prior to the war he had achieved fame in France as an aviator. His literary works, among them The Little Prince, translated into over 250 languages and dialects, propelled his stature posthumously allowing him to achieve national hero status in France. He earned further widespread recognition with international translations of his other works. His 1939 philosophical memoir Terre des hommes became the name of a major international humanitarian group, and was also used to create the central theme (Terre des hommes–Man and His World) of the most successful world's fair of the 20th century, Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. Presenting some Quotations : Being Poet
  • It is such a secret place, the land of tears.
  • Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.
  • Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
  • 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.
  • Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
  • He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
  • A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.
  • A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
  • 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. To live is to be slowly born
  • A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says "I was beaten," he does not say "My men were beaten".
  • I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.
  • 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.
  • It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys
  • It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.