Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meandering in peace . . .

Today is the birthday of Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld (July 29, 1905 – September 18, 1961), diplomat, economist and author. He was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations and the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.

"Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who 'forgives' you--out of love--takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice. - The price you must pay for your own liberation through another's sacrifice is that you in turn must be willing to liberate in the same way, irrespective of the consequences to yourself." - Dag Hammarskjöld

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

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

"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 Hammarskjöld

"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 Hammarskjöld

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

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

"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 Hammarskjöld

"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was." - Dag Hammarskjöld

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

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