Quotes by Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

American religeous writer, poet

Alive from: 1915-1968

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Churches and cities are the most wonderful solitudes.
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    Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
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    Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.
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    Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters.
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    Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
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    The simplest and most effective way to sanctity is to disapppear into the background of ordinary everyday routine.
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    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 another
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    To the truly humble man the ordinary ways and customs and habits of men are not a matter of conflict.
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    We do not exist for ourselves...
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    We must make the choises that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.
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    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.
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    When ambition ends, happiness begins.
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