#30 The Wisdom of the Sands – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The Wisdom of the Sands


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Novel, Philosophy







This book is great but its permanent seriousness and repeated focus on the same ideas harden the reading and make it a bit boring sometimes.

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Short Description & Notes

The Wisdom of the Sands is a novel in which a king shows his metaphysic perspective of the bonds that make his citadel a repository for the values of man.

“The final, deeply-felt summing-up of the author’s experience and his philosophy of life. Choosing a desert prince as his protagonist and narrator, he presents the timeless problems of humanity against the austere background of the wilderness. The book abounds in vivid pictures of desert life, forays and sandstorms, mirage-born madness, beleaguered cities, caravans going their perilous ways. It may be read just for the sake of these scenes, so incomparably described, or read as an allegory of man and his grandeur, of his ends and the means that may lead to them and, most clearly of all, of the moral and spiritual vaues that unite the individual to God.” – Goodreads: The Wisdom of the Sands

Remarkable Quotes

“Stones have no hope of being anything but stones. However, through collaboration they get themselves together and become a Temple.”

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

“O laço divino que liga as coisas…”

“Ainda não é bastante grande”

“No silêncio do meu amor…”

“Vento de palavras…”

Fun Facts

This book has some sadness and pessimism in it.

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