Thomas Merton Quotes.
Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation.
The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God.
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience.
When you see God in everyone, then they see God in you.
We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to “like” one another.
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.
We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.
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.
Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
Conscience is the light by which we interpret the will of God in our own lives.
The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy to me.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.