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Top quotes by Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton's top quotes. '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.'


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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.


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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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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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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.


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When ambition ends, happiness begins.


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The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.


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


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


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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.


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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.


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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.


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Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.


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Perhaps I am stronger than I think.


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


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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.


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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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