Quotes by Dag Hammarskjold

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
– Dag Hammarskjold
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.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Freedom from fear could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
– Dag Hammarskjold
God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.
– Dag Hammarskjold
I am the vessel. The draft is God's. And God is the thirsty one.
– Dag Hammarskjold
I believe that we should die with decency so that at least decency will survive.
– Dag Hammarskjold
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.
– Dag Hammarskjold
I never discuss discussions.
– Dag Hammarskjold
If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up.
– Dag Hammarskjold
It is a little bit humiliating when I have to say that Chou En-lai to me appears as the most superior brain I have so far met in the field of foreign politics. so much more dangerous than you imagine because he is so much better a man than you have ever admitted.
– Dag Hammarskjold
It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.
– Dag Hammarskjold
It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
– Dag Hammarskjold
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 Hammarskjold
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.
– Dag Hammarskjold
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
– Dag Hammarskjold