Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton

I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am willing to admit that some people might live there for years, or even a lifetime, so protected that they never sense the sweet stench of corruption that is all around them -- the keen, thin scent of decay that pervades everything and accuses with a terrible accusation the superficial youthfulness, the abounding undergraduate noise, that fills those ancient buildings.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We do not exist for ourselves...More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one anotherMore Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.More Thomas Merton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Thomas Merton [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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