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Dag Hammarskjold
July 29, 1905 - September 18, 1961
Nationality: Swedish
Category: Diplomat
Subcategory: Swedish Diplomat

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning.


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.


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


The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.


Those who invoke history will certainly be heard by history. And they will have to accept its verdict.


If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer.


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?


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.


I believe that we should die with decency so that at least decency will survive.


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


It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character.


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.


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.


Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.


The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.


It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.


It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.


Only he deserves power who every day justifies it.


Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.


"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.


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