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

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''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.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Forgiveness]

 

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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 - [Integrity]

 

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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.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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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.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Fatigue]

 

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Friendship needs no words...
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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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.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Enlightenment]

 

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If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Death and Dying]

 

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In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Action]

 

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In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions life puts to us.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Death and Dying]

 

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It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Approval]

 

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It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Risk]

 

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Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Courage]

 

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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 - [Conquest]

 

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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 - [Maturity]

 

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Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Peace]

 

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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.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Goals]

 

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Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Possibilities]

 

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Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
~ Dag Hammarskjold - [Purpose]

 

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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 - [Purpose]

 

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