Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Author of Le Petit Prince and 10+ Books

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Born in Lyons on June 29, 1900, Antoine de Saint-Exupry flew at the Ambrieu airfield for the first time at the age of twelve, and it was then that he was determined to be a pilot. Even after moving to a school in Switzerland and spending summer vacations at Saint-Maurice-de-Rmens' familys chteau in eastern France, he maintained that ambition. (The house at Saint-Maurice repeatedly appears in Saint-Exuprys's writing.) Later, in Paris, he failed th... e French Naval Academy's entrance examinations and instead enrolled at the prestigious art school lEcole des Beaux-Arts. Starting to serve in the military in 1921, Saint-Exupry was stationed in Strasbourg. He learned to be a pilot there, and his career path was settled forever. Saint-Exupry worked in several professions after leaving the service in 1923, but in 1926 he returned to flying and signed on as a pilot for Aropostale, a private airline flying mail from Toulouse, France, to Dakar, Senegal. In 1927 Saint-Exupry accepted the position of airfield chief for Cape Juby, in southern Morocco, and began to write his first book, a memoir called Southern Mail, which was published in 1929. He then moved to Buenos Aires briefly to supervise the establishment of an Argentine mail service; when he returned to Paris in 1931, he published Night Flight, which was instantly successful and the prestigious Pr. Saint-Exupry was always daring to try to break the speed record for flying from Paris to Saigon in 1935. His plane crashed in the Libyan desert, unfortunately, and for three days he and his copilot had to trudge through the sand to find help. He was seriously injured in a second plane crash in 1938, this time as he attempted to fly between New York City and Argentina's Tierra del Fuego. The crash resulted in New York's long convalescence. Saint-Exuprys next novel, Wind, Sand and Stars, was published in 1939. The book won the Acadmie Franaises Grand Prix du Roman and the National Book Award in the United States. Saint-Exupry flew reconnaissance missions for France at the beginning of the Second World War, but he went to New York to seek help from the United States when the Germans occupied his country. He drew on his experiences during the war to write Flight to Arras and Letter to a Hostage, both published in 1942. His classic The Little Prince appeared in 1943. Saint-Exupry later joined his French air squadron in northern Africa in 1943. Despite being prohibited from flying (he still suffered from his earlier plane crashes physically), Saint-Exupry insisted that a mission be given. He left Borgo, Corsica, on July 31, 1944 to overfly occupy France. He never came back.READ MORE

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Goodbye," said the fox. "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.

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

You will have five hundred million little bells, and I shall have five hundred million springs of fresh water...

You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large.
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.

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