Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Perfection

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

~Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Civilization

“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.”

—Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Essential matters

“When you tell [grown-ups] you’ve made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you ‘What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?’ Instead they demand, ‘How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?’ 

—Antoine de Saint-Exupery.