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More from Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.

Terre des Hommes (1939) (Wind, Sand and Stars)

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.

Vol de Nuit (1931) (Night Flight)

If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself: ‘Somewhere, my flower is there…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened…And you think that is not important!

I did not know what to say to him. I felt awkward and blundering. I did not know how I could reach him, where I could overtake him and go on hand in hand with him once more.
It is such a secret place, the land of tears.

chapter 7

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.

Though attributed to Saint-Exupéry in several business self-help books, no example written by Saint-Exupéry has been found. See wikiquote for more discussion on the matter.
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