A Guide for Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
For more than sixty years, this insight from The Little Prince has been quoted in more than 130 languages by fans around the world. Now, for the first time, quotations from the collected works and letters of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry are presented in a charming gift edition. Six chapters—“Happiness,” “Friendship,” “Responsibility,” “Fortitude,” “Love,” and “What Is Essential”—offer inspirational and thought-provoking words about ...

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Overview

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
For more than sixty years, this insight from The Little Prince has been quoted in more than 130 languages by fans around the world. Now, for the first time, quotations from the collected works and letters of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry are presented in a charming gift edition. Six chapters—“Happiness,” “Friendship,” “Responsibility,” “Fortitude,” “Love,” and “What Is Essential”—offer inspirational and thought-provoking words about the subjects held most dear by the author. A perfect gift for graduates—or for anyone who wants gentle guidance.

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Lighting on themes such as love, responsibility, and friendship, the Little Prince and other voices from author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's collected works wax wise in this charming gift edition compilation, so that even "big kids" can get life's essentials. It's the perfect book to read in the park on a sunny day or in bed on a rainy night, because wisdom and beauty always make for good company. "What he had yearned to embrace was not the flesh but a downy spirit, a spark, the impalpable angel that inhabits the flesh."
Publishers Weekly
The oft-quoted insights of The Little Prince, as well as aphorisms from other Saint-Exupery books, such as Flight to Arras and Wind, Sand and Stars, are gathered in A Guide For Grown-ups: Essential Wisdom from the Collected Works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Edited by Anna Marlis Burgard, the tiny volume offers a smattering of quotations on love, ("love is not thinking, but being") friendship and responsibility ("there is no growth except in the fulfillment of obligations"), making this a likely gift book, especially for those who believe, with Saint-Exupery, that "in giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude." (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Many readers have fond memories of the 1943 classic, The Little Prince, from their childhoods or college days. Saint-Exupery was a pilot who survived several plane crashes. A near-death experience in the Libyan desert inspired The Little Prince. Quotes have been extracted from this book and his other works, one per page, in categories like Happiness, Love, Responsibility, and What Is Essential. Unlike his contemporaries of the Lost Generation, Saint-Exupery believed in a life not of material things but of the meaning of things. His meditations are sheer poetry¾"The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky." The slim volume, sporting a blue ribbon bookmark, distills the best of the wise French writer and may prompt some to read (or reread) the originals of his work. For the rest of us, maybe it's enough to be reminded that "I was wrong to grow older. Pity. I was so happy as a child." 2002, Harcourt,
— Candice Ransom
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This small book of reflects the unquenchable Saint-Exup ry's view of wartime Europe in the '30s and '40s. Teens enchanted by The Little Prince will find his royal highness on the cover of this book, but much of its wisdom is drawn from other writings. Quotations are grouped under headings such as "Friendship": "Friendship is born from an identity of spiritual goals-from common navigation toward a star" and "Love": "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction." Teens may want to tuck this gem into a backpack for the moments of solitude a journey can provide, or turn to it when the clamor of competing values threatens to overwhelm and confuse them. The annotated bibliography puts the selections in perspective by providing a brief setting for each of the author's books.-Molly Connally, Kings Park Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152167110
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 436,512
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.18 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, the "Winged Poet," was born in Lyon, France, in 1900. A pilot at twenty-six, he was a pioneer of commercial aviation and flew in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. His writings include The Little Prince , Wind, Sand and Stars , Night Flight , Southern Mail , and Airman's Odyssey . In 1944, while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, he disappeared over the Mediterranean.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note vii
Happiness 1
Friendship 13
Love 25
Responsibility 37
Fortitude 49
What Is Essential 61
Annotated Bibliography 85
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Wonderful St. X quotes

    I use these as "inspirational" quotes when teaching. There's a great collection here and the quotes are excellent for indepth conversation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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