Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.

Saint-Exupéry was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air), flying reconnaissance missions until France's armistice with Germany in 1940. After being demobilised from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germany. Following a 27-month hiatus in North America, during which he wrote three of his most important works, he joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa, although he was far past the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health. He disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.

Prior to the war, Saint-Exupéry had achieved fame in France as an aviator. His literary works — among them The Little Prince, translated into 300 languages and dialects — posthumously boosted his stature to national hero status in France. He earned further widespread recognition with international translations of his other works. His 1939 philosophical memoir Terre des hommes—Man and His World became the name of an international humanitarian group, and was also used to create the central theme of the most successful world's fair of the 20th century, Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
years of life: 29 June 1900 1944


Innahas quoted2 years ago
Взрослые очень любят цифры.
When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. Когда рассказываешь им, что у тебя появился новый друг, они никогда не спросят о самом главном.
They never say to you, Никогда они не скажут:
"What does his voice sound like? "А какой у него голос?
What games does he love best? В какие игры он любит играть?
Does he collect butterflies?" Ловит ли он бабочек?"
Instead, they demand: Они спрашивают:
"How old is he? "Сколько ему лет?
How many brothers has he? Сколько у него братьев?
How much does he weigh? Сколько он весит?
How much money does his father make?" Сколько зарабатывает его отец?"
Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him. И после этого воображают, что узнали человека.
If you were to say to the grown-ups: Когда говоришь взрослым:
"I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof," they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. "Я видел красивый дом из розового кирпича, в окнах у него герань, а на крыше голуби", - они никак не могут представить себе этот дом.
You would have to say to them: Им надо сказать:
"I saw a house that cost $20,000." Then they would exclaim: "Я видел дом за сто тысяч франков", - и тогда они восклицают:
"Oh, what a pretty house that is!" "Какая красота!"
Innahas quoted2 years ago
One day," you said to me, "I saw the sunset forty-four times!" - Однажды я за один день видел заход солнца сорок три раза!
And a little later you added: И немного погодя ты прибавил:
"You know - one loves the sunset, when one is so sad..." - Знаешь... когда очень грустно, хорошо поглядеть, как заходит солнце...
"Were you so sad, then?" I asked, "on the day of the forty-four sunsets?" - Значит, в тот день, когда ты видел сорок три заката, тебе было очень грустно?
But the little prince made no reply. Но Маленький принц не ответил.
XIVhas quotedlast year
“Everything that is important can’t be seen”


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he was just a little guy :(

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