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Markings (1963)

por Dag Hammarskjöld

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A book of meditations. A revealing spiritual self-portrait by one of the great peacmakers of our times.Maturity: Among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play who takes it for granted that he is at one with his playmates.Never, "for the sake of peace and quiet," deny your own experience or convictions.The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.… (mais)
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    The Meditations por Marcus Aurelius (andejons)
    andejons: Two very different world leaders put down their philosophies. They turn out to be remarkably similar.
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I wanted both to train myself how to read poetry and more about Dag Hammarskold. My curiosity about Dag grow - but probably because of my lacking poetry skills (and feeling the stress from work), I had big difficulties to understand and grasp his texts. ( )
  alewah | May 25, 2024 |
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  k6gst | May 25, 2022 |
Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat, author and the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1953 until he died in a plane crash in 1961. He is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously and the only U.N. Secretary-General to die in office.

This book was his journal discovered after his death, with a note saying it was "a sort of White Book concerning my negotiations with myself - and with God."

The journal shares another man's thoughts, which, of course, sparks more thoughts. Much can be seen of his spiritual journey and/or struggle.

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"Concerning men and their way to peace and concord. It is more important to understand the motives for your own behaviour than the motives of another."

"If while pleading another's cause you are at the same time seeking something for yourself, you cannot hope to succeed."

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

"Is your disgust at your emptiness to be the only life with which you fill it?"

"Prayer, crystallized in words, assign a permanent wave length on which the dialogue has to be continued, even when our mind is occupied with other matters."

"Why is it that when I know that someone had a tragic or untimely death, my eyes always encounter what they wrote about death?"

"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
(Is there a source?)."

"Is my contact with others anything more than a contact with reflections? Who or what can give me the power to transform the mirror into a doorway?" ( )
  LJCain | Apr 14, 2021 |
Finally finished it! Markings is good, but not for the faint of heart. Every sentence requires deep concentration, and I'm sure there was a lot I missed.

No doubt Hammarskjold was a genius and a man of deep faith. His honesty to look straight at his dark side was inspiring. So many morsels of wisdom. The style of mixing prose and poetry was great -
motivates me to try the same thing. However, I doubt the book would be considered a classic if written by a lesser-known person. ( )
1 vote nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |


A beautiful book of writings and poems that allows a glimpse into Dag's life, and struggles with spirituality. ( )
2 vote walterhpdx | Jan 17, 2018 |
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It is not sufficient to place yourself daily under God. What really matters is to be only under God: the slightest division of allegiance opens the door to daydreaming, petty conversation, petty boasting, petty malice--all the petty satellites of hte death-instinct.

"But how, then, am I to love God?" "You must love Him as if He were a non-God, a non-Spirit, a non-Person, a non-Substance: love Him simply as the One, the pure and absolute Unity in which is no trace of Duality. And into this One, we must let ourselves fall continually from being into non-being. God helps us to do this."
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A book of meditations. A revealing spiritual self-portrait by one of the great peacmakers of our times.Maturity: Among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play who takes it for granted that he is at one with his playmates.Never, "for the sake of peace and quiet," deny your own experience or convictions.The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.

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