I first discovered this quote while reading Saint-Exupéry's Terre des Hommes as a child. Little did I know at the time how much this quote would influence me throughout my life journey. As I progressed in my design career, it became increasingly important to me to get back to the basics. Sometimes I like to think that Saint-Exupéry, a self-proclaimed perfectionist, is always reminding me:
Work intelligently. Strive for excellence. But always, always, keep it simple.