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It is more noble to give yourself completely to one
by 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

Never "for the sake of peace and quiet"
deny your own experience or convictions.
- 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

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered
from the anguish of loneliness.
- 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

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

In the last analysis, it is our conception of death
which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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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

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

I believe that we should die with decency so that at
least decency will survive.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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 Hammarskjold

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 Hammarskjold

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy -
from lack of character.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you,
the better you will hear what is sounding outside.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The longest journey is the journey inwards.
Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started
upon his quest for the source of his being.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Your position never gives you the right to command.
It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life
that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.
- Dag Hammarskjold

It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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

Only he deserves power who every day justifies it.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Do not seek death.
Death will find you.
But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.
- Dag Hammarskjold

What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have
no one to share my burden,
but this: I have only my own burden to bear.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Life only demands from you the strength that you possess.
Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are,
the more leisure we have.
- Dag Hammarskjold

"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole
philosophy of human rights.
- Dag Hammarskjold

I never discuss discussions.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for,
great enough to die for.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important
as a major operation by a surgeon.
- Dag Hammarskjold

I am the vessel.
The draft is God's.
And God is the thirsty one.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.
- 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

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.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Those who invoke history will certainly be heard by history.
And they will have to accept its verdict.
- 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

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

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few
years in either victory or defeat.
The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors,
its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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

If only I may grow: firmer, simpler,
quieter,
warmer.
- Dag Hammarskjold

It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
- Dag Hammarskjold

There is a point at which everything becomes simple
and there is no longer any question of choice,
because all you have staked will be lost if you look back.
Life's point of no return.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law.
Delicate line gathers the body's total strength in a bold balance.
Shall my soul meet so severe a curve,
journeying on its way to form?
- 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

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting -
for Christmas,
for next summer, for becoming a grownup:
long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.
- 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

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.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Your body must become familiar with its death -
in all its possible forms and degrees -
as a self-evident,
imminent, and emotionally neutral step on the way towards
the goal you have found worthy of your life.
- Dag Hammarskjold

The Assembly has witnessed over the last weeks how
historical truth is established;
once an allegation has been repeated a few times,
it is no longer an allegation, it is an established fact,
even if no evidence has been brought out in order to support it.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Service to others is only noble when is is a choice
- a free-will gift.
Anything done out of a sense of obligation
or responsibility or duty becomes a burden
rather than a spiritual empowerment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Living Into the Great Paradox,
I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up.
I work to bring about my vision of the future,
which is based on my value system of what is right,
just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving.
Simultaneously, I accept that my vision
is based on only my opinions and prejudices,
and I honor all points of view and value systems,
no matter how different from my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,
remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
- Daniel Burnham

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
- Blaise Pascal

To deal with individual human needs
at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.
- Jimmy Carter

When a noble life has prepared old age,
it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
- Muriel Spark

Wine and cheese are ageless companions,
like aspirin and aches, or June and moon,
or good people and noble ventures.
- M. F. K. Fisher

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Of every noble work the silent part is best,
of all expression that which can not be expressed.
- William Wetmore Story

An Englishman never enjoys himself, except for a noble purpose.
- A. P. Herbert

I'm sorry my existence is not very noble or sublime.
- Keanu Reeves

Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which,
like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals,
you will have added your conception,
your artful piece of stone.
- Adrienne Clarkson

Ay, rail at gaming - 'tis a rich topic,
and affords noble declamation.
Go, preach against it in the city - you'll find a congregation in every tavern.
- Edward Moore

There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery
that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it,
and fills it with noble inclinations.
- Washington Irving

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity.
Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences
and endowments of the human mind.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero


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