The author of famed The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, was born June 29, 1900 in Lyon, France. As is our custom, a few words from the man of the hour …

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

The one thing that matters is the effort.”

To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible.”

A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says ‘I was beaten,’ he does not say ‘My men were beaten’.”

‘Men have forgotten this truth,’ said the fox. ‘But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.'”

Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.”

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

But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart…

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is esential is invisible to the eye.”

It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”

Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.”

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.”

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.”

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.”