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Born: 1905-07-29
Profession: Diplomat
Nation: Swedish
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Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.

Tags: Experience, Peace, Quiet

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

Tags: Dignity, Genuine, Others

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

Tags: God, Thirsty, Vessel

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

Tags: Death, Last, Life

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.

Tags: Life, Rather, Small

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

Tags: Character, Enemy, Nice

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.

Tags: Giving, Life, Living

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.

Tags: Forgive, Possible, Work

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

Tags: Become, God, Human

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

Tags: Decency, Die, Survive

I never discuss discussions.

Tags: Discuss

Only he deserves power who every day justifies it.

Tags: Deserves, Justifies, Power

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

Tags: Critics, Praise, Standard

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

Tags: Busy, Leisure

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

Tags: Accept, Heard, History

Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines.

Tags: Goes, Reputation, Time

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.

Tags: Fact, Last, Truth

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.

Tags: Destiny, History, Human

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.

Tags: Themselves, Thinking, Weird

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?

Tags: Law, Soul, Strength

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.

Tags: Decision, Leaving, May

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.

Tags: Life, Lost, Simple

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.

Tags: Death, Goal, Life

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.

Tags: Broken, Dream, Forgiveness

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

Tags: Alone, Great, Loneliness

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

Tags: Friendship, Loneliness, Words
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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.

Tags: Loneliness, Makes, Share

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.

Tags: Destiny, Him, Started

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.

Tags: Far, Next, Road

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.

Tags: Daily, Die, God

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

Tags: Attention, Good, May

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

Tags: Create, Insecurity, Playing

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

Tags: Grow, May, Simpler

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

Tags: Nature, Top, Until

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.

Tags: Cannot, End, Peace

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

Tags: Away, Life, Strength

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

Tags: Create, Insecurity, Safe

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.

Tags: Life, Living, Others

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.

Tags: Happy, Time

Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.

Tags: Deny, Peace, Quiet

It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.

Tags: Give, Individual, Yourself

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

Tags: Fear, Freedom, Human

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.

Tags: Alone, Integrity, Moment

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

Tags: Death, Makes, Road

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

Tags: Brainy, Destiny, Put

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

Tags: Hear, Listen, Within

If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.

Tags: Dying, Party, Social

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.

Tags: Child, Happiness, Maturity
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