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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Geburtstag: 29. Juni 1900
Todesdatum: 31. Juli 1944
Andere Namen:Антуан де Сент-Экзюпери

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Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger Vicomte de Saint-Exupéry war ein französischer Schriftsteller und Pilot.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry war schon zu seinen Lebzeiten ein anerkannter und erfolgreicher Autor und wurde ein Kultautor der Nachkriegsjahrzehnte, obwohl er selbst sich eher als einen nur nebenher schriftstellernden Berufspiloten sah. Seine märchenhafte Erzählung Der kleine Prinz gehört mit über 140 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren zu den erfolgreichsten Büchern der Welt.

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„Vollkommenheit entsteht offensichtlich nicht dann, wenn man nichts mehr hinzuzufügen hat, sondern wenn man nichts mehr wegnehmen kann.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Wind, Sand und Sterne, Karl Rauch Verlag 1941, S. 60; 18. Auflage 1989, S. 48 f., Übersetzung Henrik Becker

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„Wie wenig Lärm machen die wirklichen Wunder.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Brief an eine Geisel (1943) / Bekenntnis einer Freundschaft

„Die Sprache ist die Quelle aller Missverständnisse.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Der kleine Prinz, Kapitel XXI, ins Deutsche von Grete und Josef (1897-1952) Leitgeb, Karl Rauch Verlag, 59. Auflage, Düsseldorf, 1950 und 1998, ISBN 3-7920-0027-X, S.69

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„Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Variant translations: Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes. The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart.

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„This viscous whiteness became in my mind the frontier between the real and the unreal, between the known and the unknowable. Already I was beginning to realize that a spectacle has no meaning except it be seen through the glass of a culture, a civilization, a craft.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Context: "Navigating by the compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but—" And I was struck by the graphic image: "But you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity." And suddenly that tranquil cloud-world, that world so harmless and simple that one sees below on rising out of the clouds, took on in my eyes a new quality. That peaceful world became a pitfall. I imagined the immense white pitfall spread beneath me. Below it reigned not what one might think — not the agitation of men, not the living tumult and bustle of cities, but a silence even more absolute than in the clouds, a peace even more final. This viscous whiteness became in my mind the frontier between the real and the unreal, between the known and the unknowable. Already I was beginning to realize that a spectacle has no meaning except it be seen through the glass of a culture, a civilization, a craft. Mountaineers too know the sea of clouds, yet it does not seem to them the fabulous curtain it is to me. Ch. I : The Craft

„Navigating by the compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but—“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Context: "Navigating by the compass in a sea of clouds over Spain is all very well, it is very dashing, but—" And I was struck by the graphic image: "But you want to remember that below the sea of clouds lies eternity." And suddenly that tranquil cloud-world, that world so harmless and simple that one sees below on rising out of the clouds, took on in my eyes a new quality. That peaceful world became a pitfall. I imagined the immense white pitfall spread beneath me. Below it reigned not what one might think — not the agitation of men, not the living tumult and bustle of cities, but a silence even more absolute than in the clouds, a peace even more final. This viscous whiteness became in my mind the frontier between the real and the unreal, between the known and the unknowable. Already I was beginning to realize that a spectacle has no meaning except it be seen through the glass of a culture, a civilization, a craft. Mountaineers too know the sea of clouds, yet it does not seem to them the fabulous curtain it is to me. Ch. I : The Craft

„It is another of the miraculous things about mankind that there is no pain nor passion that does not radiate to the ends of the earth. Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Context: Human drama does not show itself on the surface of life. It is not played out in the visible world, but in the hearts of men. … One man in misery can disrupt the peace of a city. It is another of the miraculous things about mankind that there is no pain nor passion that does not radiate to the ends of the earth. Let a man in a garret but burn with enough intensity and he will set fire to the world. Ch. IX Barcelona and Madrid (1936)

„All of us, in words that contradict each other, express at bottom the same exalted impulse. What sets us against one another is not our aims — they all come to the same thing — but our methods, which are the fruit of our varied reasoning.“

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Context: No man can draw a free breath who does not share with other men a common and disinterested ideal. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. There is no comradeship except through union in the same high effort. Even in our age of material well-being this must be so, else how should we explain the happiness we feel in sharing our last crust with others in the desert? No sociologist's textbook can prevail against this fact. Every pilot who has flown to the rescue of a comrade in distress knows that all joys are vain in comparison with this one. And this, it may be, is the reason why the world today is tumbling about our ears. It is precisely because this sort of fulfilment is promised each of us by his religion, that men are inflamed today. All of us, in words that contradict each other, express at bottom the same exalted impulse. What sets us against one another is not our aims — they all come to the same thing — but our methods, which are the fruit of our varied reasoning. Let us, then, refrain from astonishment at what men do. One man finds that his essential manhood comes alive at the sight of self-sacrifice, cooperative effort, a rigorous vision of justice, manifested in an anarchist's cellar in Barcelona. For that man there will henceforth be but one truth — the truth of the anarchists. Another, having once mounted guard over a flock of terrified little nuns kneeling in a Spanish nunnery, will thereafter know a different truth — that it is sweet to die for the Church. If, when Mermoz plunged into the Chilean Andes with victory in his heart, you had protested to him that no merchant's letter could possibly be worth risking one's life for, Mermoz would have laughed in your face. Truth is the man that was born in Mermoz when he slipped through the Andean passes. Ch. IX Barcelona and Madrid (1936)<!-- * L’expérience nous montre qu’aimer ce n’est point nous regarder l’un l’autre mais regarder ensemble dans la même direction. /** Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.-->

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