Quotations From DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD


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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.
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations. "Night is Drawing Nigh," Markings (written 1955, published 1963).

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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.
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Written (1925-1930). "Thus It Was," Markings (1876).

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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.
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations. "The Middle Years," Markings (1963, written 1941-1942).

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  • "To forgive oneself"M? No, that doesn't work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, secretary-general of the U.N... "Night Is Drawing Nigh," Markings (1963).

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  • 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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  • 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 the United Nations. Notebook entry, 1950. "Night Is Drawing Nigh," Markings (1963).

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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.
    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of U.N... "Night Is Drawing Nigh," Markings (1963).

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  • 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, published 1963).
  • 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).

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