Dag Hammarskjold Quotes

Dag Hammarskjold

Swedish diplomat (1905 - 1961)

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Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible - not to have run away.

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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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The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.

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For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.

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The longest journey is the journey inward.

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A successful lie is doubly a lie; an error which has to be corrected is a heavier burden than the truth.

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Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward- your destiny-are here and now.

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You have never done enough, so long as it is still possible that you have something of value to contribute

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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.

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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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It is when we all play safe that we create a world of the utmost insecurity.

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