Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: 10 quotes on his birthday

Author of "The Little Prince," one of the bestselling books of all time, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born on June 29, 1900, in Lyon, France. Trained as a pilot, Saint-Exupéry flew as a pioneer pilot for the international postal company, Aéropostale. His route was between Toulouse, France, and Dakar, Senegal, although he occasionally served as the airline stopover manager in Cape Judy in the Sahara. When Saint-Exupéry moved to Argentina, he began writing his first book,"Courrier Sud," which was published in 1921. In 1935,  Saint-Exupéry took part in an airplane race in which he crashed his plane in the middle of the Sahara desert. Although he was rescued four days later, he suffered dehydration and vivid hallucinations during those four days. He began writing "The Little Prince" after crashing another plane in Central America and spending three months in the hospital. Saint-Exupéry joined the French army during World War II where he crashed for a third time and was never seen again. A body found near the crash was believed to be that of Saint-Exupéry although it was never officially identified. "The Little Prince" has been translated into over 190 languages and has sold over 80 million copies. 

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"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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