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

The myths have always condemned those who "looked back." Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision.


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.


Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up.


Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.


The Assembly has witnessed over the last weeks how historical truth is established; once an allegation has been repeated a few times, it is no longer an allegation, it is an established fact, even if no evidence has been brought out in order to support it.


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.


There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life's point of no return.


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


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.


Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.


Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.


Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.


Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.


Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.


Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them.


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.


The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.


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.


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


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.


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