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Saint-Exupery – Wisdom Quotes

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Wisdom Quotes – Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery said: “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.”

We tend to think that philosophers are persons that studied the philosophy texts and started to have ideas of their own. I recognize that reading the philosophers of the past may help. Carl Jung, for instance, credits Kant for some of his ideas on psychology. But there are sages that did not knew much about their predecessors. Life is a great teacher and, if you pay attention to your life, you can learn a lot. But Western men, contrary to Western women, tend to have extraverted personalities that hinders them to learn from life

I don’t know if Antoine de Saint-Exupery was conversant with the philosophers, but he is a sage that learned with his life. Even his best known book – The Little Prince – apparently a book for children – carries important life lessons that I pointed in my book – The Little Prince for Grownups.

The above quotation is an example of Exupery earthly wisdom. You may be able to force people to help you to build a boat, you can pay people to work for you, but, if you imbue them with the longing for the sea, you will have their total collaboration and the job will be ready in a shorter period.

This reminds me of the story I heard from a politician of the past. I met him when he was already over ninety and I was practically a kid. Juracy Magalhães was twice Governor of the State of Bahia, Brazil. In one of his political campaign, he entered the dispute too late and his chances of success were considered to be practically zero. An impossible mission.

In his first public address, he told the following story. Three persons were building a wall. Asked what they were doing, the first answered: “I’m pilling bricks.” The second: “I’m building a wall.” and the third, with gleaming eyes, said: “I’m building a cathedral.” After finishing the story, Juracy invited  the people to build with him a cathedral. He won the election with a large margin.

It is wise to keep in mind Saint-Exupery’s advice, especially if you want to instruct your son or daughter. It is easier to give orders; it is difficult to devise a strategy to involve then, but your chances of success are a lot higher.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, author of The Jungian Bible, which presents Jung’s concepts to the layman exemplifying them with stories from the Bible. I also wrote The Little Prince for Grownups, The Amazon Shaman, In Search of Happiness  and others, offered in Amazon.

You find me at: www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org

A Sabedoria de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery disse: “Se você quer construir um navio, não angarie pessoas para coletar madeira e não lhes atribuia tarefas e trabalhos, mas sim ensine-os a imensidão infinita do mar.”

Nós tendemos a pensar que os filósofos são pessoas que, depois de estudar os textos de filosofia, desenvolveram idéias próprias. Reconheço que a leitura dos filósofos do passado pode ajudar. Carl Jung, por exemplo, credita a Kant algumas de suas idéias sobre a psicologia. Porém, há sábios que não leram muito sobre seus antecessores. A vida é um grande professor e, se você prestar atenção a ela, pode aprender muito. Porém, os homens ocidentais, ao contrário das mulheres, tendem a ter personalidades extrovertidas que os impede de aprender com a vida, que os impede de refletir sobre a vida.

Eu não sei se Antoine de Saint-Exupery estava familiarizado com os filósofos, mas ele é um sábio que aprendeu com sua vida. Até mesmo seu livro mais conhecido – O Pequeno Príncipe – aparentemente um livro para crianças – traz importantes lições de vida que apresentei em meu livro – O Pequeno Príncipe para Gente Grande – já em sua quarta edição.

A citação acima é um exemplo de sabedoria de Exupery. Você pode ser capaz de forçar as pessoas a ajudá-lo a construir um barco, você pode pagar pessoas para trabalhar para você, mas, se você os imbuir com o desejo do mar, você terá a sua total colaboração, e o trabalho estará pronto em um período mais curto.

Isso me lembra a história que ouvi de um político do passado. Eu o conheci quando ele já tinha mais de 90 anos e eu estava ainda na primeira metade de vida. Juracy Magalhães foi duas vezes governador do Estado da Bahia. Em uma campanha política, ele entrou na disputa muito tarde e suas chances de sucesso ram consideradas praticamente nulas. Uma missão impossível.

Em seu primeiro discurso público, ele contou a seguinte história. Três pessoas estavam construindo uma parede. Perguntado sobre o que eles faziam, o primeiro respondeu: “Eu estou empilhando tijolos.” O segundo: “Estou construindo uma parede.” E, o terceiro, com os olhos brilhantes, disse: “. Estou construindo uma catedral” Juracy então convidou as pessoas a construir com ele uma catedral. Venceu a eleição com grande margem.

É sábio ter em mente o conselho de Saint-Exupéry, especialmente quando você quer mudar a vida de seu filho ou filha. É mais fácil dar ordens, é mais difícil elaborar uma estratégia que os leve a atender sua orientação, mas suas chances de sucesso serão muito maiores.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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