Thursday, November 13, 2008

The vast and endless sea

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I bumped into this earlier while reading about designing Web sites. It's been stuck in my head all day.

4 comments:

Ricky Grove said...

Lovely quote, Matt. So true. Exupery was the author of The Little Prince and several books on solo flying. He died on a mission during WWII. Highly recommend his books. You can see from this quote that he was a very passionate and poetic person.

Matt Kelland said...

I never quite got into St Exupery - I always preferred Richard Bach, another wonderful writer on flying, and an inspirational philosopher.

Illusions is one of my very favourite books, and one I regularly turn to for comfort in times of trouble.

Matt Kelland said...

More on what happened to him here.

Ricky Grove said...

Thanks for the link. I hadn't heard his plane was found. Fascinating. In fact the whole list is fascinating. Thanks.