Dag Hammarskjöld


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Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld (29 July 1905 – 18 September 1961) was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. He is the only person to have been awarded a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize. Hammarskjöld remains the only U.N. Secretary-General to die in office, and his... more »

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  • ''In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.''
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, secretary-general of the United Nations. "Night Is Drawing Nigh," Markings (1963).
  • ''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.''
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of U.N... "Night Is Drawing Nigh," Markings (1963).
  • ''Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.''
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations. "Night is Drawing Nigh," Markings (written in 1957, publishe...
  • ''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.''
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations. "Night is Drawing Nigh," Markings (written 1955, published 1...
  • ''We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.''
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, secretary-general of U.N... "Night Is Drawing Nigh," Markings (written 1950, published 1963).
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