Interview on 21 September 19631

David Sureck: “The first United Nations Secretary-General, Trygve Lie has described your job as ‘the most impossible job in the world.’ What did you think about it on the day you were sworn in?”

U Thant: A feeling of humility and an overwhelming sense of responsibility, to which was added a dawning hope that the unanimous support which has so generously been accorded to me would make ‘the most impossible job in the world’ a little less impossible.


  1. UT 72. From an interview in The Saturday Evening Post of 21 September 1963.