Quotes by: Dag Hammarskjold

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Dag Hammarskjöld
Dag Hammarskjöld in 1959
2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations
In office
10 April 1953 – 18 September 1961
Preceded by Trygve Lie
Succeeded by U Thant
Personal details
Born Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld
(1905-07-29)29 July 1905
Jönköping, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway
(now Jönköping, Sweden)
Died 18 September 1961(1961-09-18) (aged 56)
Ndola, Rhodesia and Nyasaland
(now Ndola, Zambia)
Nationality Swedish
Alma mater Uppsala University
Stockholm University
Religion Lutheran/Church of Sweden

What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.
Dag Hammarskjold
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
Dag Hammarskjold
Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.
Dag Hammarskjold
Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.
Dag Hammarskjold
Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
Dag Hammarskjold
The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
Dag Hammarskjold
A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility.
Dag Hammarskjold
Everything will be all right - you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves.
Dag Hammarskjold
'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
Dag Hammarskjold
Maturity - among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates.
Dag Hammarskjold
Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
Dag Hammarskjold
Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.
Dag Hammarskjold
Your body must become familiar with its death - in all its possible forms and degrees - as a self-evident, imminent, and emotionally neutral step on the way towards the goal you have found worthy of your life.
Dag Hammarskjold
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Dag Hammarskjold
God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.
Dag Hammarskjold
Life yields only to the conqueror. Never accept what can be gained by giving in. You will be living off stolen goods, and your muscles will atrophy.
Dag Hammarskjold
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Dag Hammarskjold
The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
Dag Hammarskjold
In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.
Dag Hammarskjold
The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law. Delicate line gathers the body's total strength in a bold balance. Shall my soul meet so severe a curve, journeying on its way to form?
Dag Hammarskjold
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