Dag Hammarskjld Quotes

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

Dag Hammarskjld

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 his right road.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

Dag Hammarskjld

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

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

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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.

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