Wind, Sand and Stars was published as a simultaneously distinct work in English. The original French title is Terres des hommes.
Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit... read more
In this short book Saint-Exupery reflects on different parts of his life, including his experiences flying mail planes across South America and from France to Africa. When aviation was new it was not unusual for a pilot and crew to disappear in remote areas and never be heard from again. In... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
In this short book Saint-Exupery reflects on different parts of his life, including his experiences flying mail planes across South America and from France to Africa. When aviation was new it was not unusual for a pilot and crew to disappear in remote areas and never be heard from again. In the first part of the book, Saint-Exupery raises the question of whether the delivery of mundane correspondence between average people was worth this price. His view is that the pilots were devoted to a higher sense of duty which did make the dangerous job worthwhile. He also writes about the time he nearly died when his plane crashed in a remote part of the Sahara Desert and about his travels through in Barcelona and Madrid during the Spanish Civil War.
“There is only one true form of wealth, that of human contact.”
“That fresh vision of the world after a difficult phase of the flight, those trees, those flowers, those women, those smiles newly coloured with the life restored to us at dawn, that chorus of small things which are our reward... money can not buy them.”
“To come to man's estate it is not necessary to get oneself killed round Madrid, or fly mail planes or to struggle wearily in the snows out of respect for the dignity of life. The man who can see the miraculous in a poem, who can take pure joy from music, who can break his bread with comrades, opens his window to the same refreshing wind off the sea. He too learns a language of men.”
“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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