Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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If you want to build a ship, don't summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs, and organize the work; teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
A goal without a plan is just ... a wish.
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.
You're beautiful, but you're empty. No one could die for you.
As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.
The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams.
Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
One's suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields - even to sadness.
When one is building a ship, one does not begin with gathering timber and cutting planks, but rather by arousing in people the yearning for the great wide sea.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions. It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.
The Beauty of the Mountain is hidden for all those who try to discover it from the top, supposing that, one way or an other, one can reach this place directly. The Beauty of the Mountain reveals only to those who climbed it.
Demagoguery enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have.
You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.
"What place would you advise me to visit now?" he asked.
"The planet Earth," replied the geographer. "It has a good reputation."
The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried.
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.
Real love begins where nothing is expected in return.
Attitude is a paintbrush. It colors everything!
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin.
The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
Experience will guide us to the rules. You cannot make rules precede practical experience.
True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.
Love is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.
A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experience and memories.
How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
Night, when words fade and things come alive.
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.
A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.
The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.
There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things.
I will appoint captains to rule my cities, for it is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
It is such a secret place, the land of tears.
Language is the source of misunderstandings.
You cannot plant an acorn in the morning, and expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of an oak.
The important thing is to strive toward a goal which is not immediately visible.
That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.
To love is not to look at one another: it is to look, together, in the same direction.