Friendship needs no words...

— Dag Hammarskjold

The most authentic Dag Hammarskjold quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.

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Peacekeeping is not a job for soldiers, but only soldiers can do it.

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We've got to learn hard things in our lifetime, but it's love that gives you the strength. It's being nice to people and having a lot of fun and laughing harder than anything, hopefully every single day of your life.

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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.

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About Dag Hammarskjold

Quotes 141 sayings
Nationality Swedish
Profession Diplomat
Birthday July 29, 1905

Only one feat is possible: not to have run away.

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Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

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Life only demands from you the strength that you possess.

Only one feat is possible; not to run away.

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You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy does not reserve a plot for weeds

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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.

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You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. If you seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency - your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end and remain purely as a means.

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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.

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

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When the morning's freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles give under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish-it is then that you must not hesitate.

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

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Here man is no longer the center of the world, only a witness, but a witness who is also a partner in the silent life of Nature, bound by secret affinities of the trees.

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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.

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

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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?

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The UN wasn't created to take mankind into paradise, but rather, to save humanity from hell.

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Time always seems long to the child who is waiting - for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.

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Life yields only to the conqueror.

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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.

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The concept of loyalty is distorted when it is understood to mean blind acceptance. It is correctly interpreted when it is assumed to cover honest criticism.

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

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

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Perhaps a great love is never returned.

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I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one.

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

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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.

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It was when Lucifer first congratulated himself upon his angelic behavior that he became the tool of evil.

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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.

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Unless there is a spiritual renaissance, the world will know no peace.

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We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence.

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The longest journey is the journey inward.

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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.

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Be grateful as your deeds become less and less associated with your name, as your feet ever more lightly tread the earth.

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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.

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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.

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Only he deserves power who every day justifies it.

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I have only my own burden to bear.

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Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.

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