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Dag Hammarskjold Quotes

(1905-1961), Swedish Statesman, Secretary-general of U.N.

In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.

Category: Action

It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.

Category: Approval

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.

Category: Conquest

Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.

Category: Courage

Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.

Category: Critics And Criticism

If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.

Category: Death And Dying

In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions life puts to us.

Category: Death And Dying

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.

Category: Death And Dying

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.

Category: Destiny

I don't know Who -- or what -- put the question, I don't know when it was put. I don't even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone --or Something --and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.

Category: Enlightenment

Fatigue dulls the pain, but awakes enticing thoughts of death. So! that is the way in which you are tempted to overcome your loneliness -- by making the ultimate escape from life. -- No! It may be that death is to be your ultimate gift to life: it must not be an act of treachery against it.

Category: Fatigue

''To forgive oneself? No, that doesn't work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.

Category: Forgiveness

Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Friendship needs no words...

Category: Friends And Friendship

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.

Category: Goals