Wisdom From Dag Hammarskjöld

Some wisdom, arguably, from Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), the second Secretary General of the U.N., a Swede, and a resident of Uppsala (one of my favorite cities).

The quotations are from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dag_hammarskjold_3.html.

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.

(Chairs of departments in academia, among others, should adhere to that one.)


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.

(Again, academia.)

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.

“Freedom from fear” could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

I never discuss discussions.

(This one is characteristically Swedish, in my opinion.)

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