Posts Tagged ‘Antoine de Saint-Exupery’

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Quite Serious

August 20, 2008

“For millions of years flowers have been producing thorns.  For millions of years sheep have been eating them all the same.  And it’s not serious, trying to understand why flowers go to such trouble to produce thorns that are good for nothing?  It’s not important, the war between the sheep and the flowers?  It’s no more serious and more important than the numbers that fat red gentleman is adding up?  Suppose I happen to know a unique flower, one that exists nowhere in the world except on my planet, one that a little sheep can wipe out in a single bite one morning, just like that, without even realizing what he’s doing – that isn’t important?”  His face turned red now, and he went on.  “If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.  He tells himself, ‘My flower’s up there somewhere…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly all the stars went out.  And that isn’t important?”

 – From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

May you love a flower on a distant planet, a star, all your own.

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The Curious Cairn

May 14, 2008

David, over at Thoughts-0-Dave, frequently blogs about a cairn that marks his cycling route.    I suggested we ‘meme’ this…  and seeing how it was sort of my idea, I decided I best jump right to it.

According to Wikipedia, a cairn is an artificial pile of stones and many cultures over many centuries have interesting piles of stone erected for many reasons.  I didn’t have a reason for mine other than it sounded like a fun thing to do.   With eleven (some admittedly flat) rocks stacked upon a base of a chopped-down pine tree, I present to you
The Curious Cairn:

 

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery


“To come to the party at all you have to have the agreement of these guys.” (quote by some guy named Paul Cairns)

Which inspires me to include this quote, as well:

I think the rock’n’roll myth of living on the edge is a pile of crap. – Robert Smith