Dag Hammarskj÷ld
Quotations


In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.

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.

Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.

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.

I don't know Who--or what--put the question, I don't know when it was put. I don't even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone--or Something--and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.

"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.

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.

Your cravings as a human animal do not become a prayer just because it is God whom you ask to attend to them.

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.

The U.N. 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.



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