Dag Hammarskjöld

Swedish diplomat (1905 - 1961)

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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.
If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
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.
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.
Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.
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.
The UN is not just a product of do-gooders. It is harshly real. The day will come when men will see the U.N. and what it means clearly. 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.
You are 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.
You have never done enough, so long as it is still possible that you have something of value to contribute

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