Thomas Merton Quotes

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Born: January 31, 1915, Prades, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Bangkok, Thailand, December 10, 1968
Occupation: Author

1.
A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.
- Thomas Merton

2.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton

3.
Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.
- Thomas Merton

4.
By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.
- Thomas Merton

5.
Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life.
- Thomas Merton

6.
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.
- Thomas Merton

7.
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
- Thomas Merton

8.
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.
- Thomas Merton

9.
In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.
- Thomas Merton

10.
Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.
- Thomas Merton

11.
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.
- Thomas Merton

12.
Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.
- Thomas Merton

13.
October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful.
- Thomas Merton

14.
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
- Thomas Merton

15.
Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
- Thomas Merton

16.
Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
- Thomas Merton

17.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
- Thomas Merton

18.
The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.
- Thomas Merton

19.
The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.
- Thomas Merton

20.
The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.
- Thomas Merton

21.
We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.
- Thomas Merton

22.
We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness.
- Thomas Merton

23.
We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.
- Thomas Merton

24.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.
- Thomas Merton

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