Interpreting Hammarskjöld's Political Wisdom
No intellectual activity more ruthlessly tests the solidity of a man than politics.
Hammarskjöld’s most compact statement of the psychology of principled statesmanship and negotiation. What to work on, what matters most.
The other’s "face" is more important than your own.
The impact of lies, the difference between flexibility and weakness.
No institution can become effective unless it is forced to wrestle with the problems, the conflicts, and the tribulations of real life.
The belief and the faith that the future will be all right because there will always be enough people to fight for a decent future.
Beyond the attentiveness of obedience to the goal. . .
Nearly impenetrable walls of distrust between nations and power blocs were common in Dag Hammarskjöld’s years at the UN—and they are common now.
Hammarskjöld was adept at perceiving the slim common ground even of bitter adversaries and persuading them to acknowledge it as a step toward settling differences.