Never let success hide its emptiness from you; achievement its nothingness; toil its desolation. Keep alive the incentive to push on further, that pain in the soul that drives us beyond ourselves. Do not look back, and do not dream about the future either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward, your destiny are here and now.
For what has been---thanks! For what shall be---yes!
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I didn’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.
|Birth:||29th July, 1905|
|Death:||18th September, 1961|
Dag Hammarskjold was born in Jönköping, Sweden. He was a Swedish diplomat and economist. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. At the age of 47 years, 255 days, Hammarskjöld is the youngest to have held the post. He is one of only three people to be awarded a posthumous Nobel Prize. He studied first at Katedralskolan and then at Uppsala University. By 1930, he had obtained Licentiate of Philosophy and Master of Laws degrees. US President John F. Kennedy called Hammarskjöld "the greatest statesman of our century". He wrote his economics thesis, "Konjunkturspridningen", and received a doctorate from Stockholm University.
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