1 out of 4. Wood to chop.

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

~ Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. He is one of just three people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize.  After Hammarskjöld’s death, U.S. president John F. Kennedy regretted that he opposed the UN policy in the Congo and said: “I realise now that in comparison to him, I am a small man. He was the greatest statesman of our century.”

Image Credit. Quote Source: Journal of a Nobody.


  1. Thank you David for introducing me to this person. I was checking out his quotes and they really good. 🙂 Specially this one, ““Life only demands from you the strength you possess.”
    ― Dag Hammarskjöld”


  2. 3 out of 4 for me, and working on 4. he was an amazing man and was the perfect man for the position he held in helping the world to be a better place.


  3. You have grown….ok, which is the one you can tick off your list? I think I can only check off “simpler”.


  4. I remember hearing his name in the news when I was a child. Even then he was regarded as an important man.


  5. If he did, then what would happen?


  6. And he said “yes”.


  7. I first encountered him in the book, Seven Thousands Ways To Listen (no, I haven’t mastered any yet). His quote, “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.”. Wow!


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