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Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: A bad book about the love of God A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The beginning of love is the will to The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: You cannot be a man of faith unless You cannot be a man of faith unless you know how to doubt. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Our idea of God tells us more about Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: There is not true intimacy between souls who There is not true intimacy between souls who do not know how to respect one another's solitude. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: For although he is right with us and For although he is right with us and in and out of us and all through us, we have to go on journeys to find Him. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: My spiritual goal is to one day walk My spiritual goal is to one day walk into God and disappear. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: To place your trust in visible things is To place your trust in visible things is to live in despair. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The sky is my prayer, the birds are The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The biggest disease in North America is busyness. The biggest disease in North America is busyness. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We discover our true selves in love. We discover our true selves in love. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The root of war is fear. The root of war is fear. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We love the things we pretend to laugh We love the things we pretend to laugh at. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: In our creation, God asked a question and In our creation, God asked a question and in our truly living; God answers the question. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We believe, not because we want to know, We believe, not because we want to know, but because we want to be. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Today will never come again. Today will never come again. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: If you found God with great ease, perhaps If you found God with great ease, perhaps it's not God that you have found. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: People have no idea what one saint can People have no idea what one saint can do: for sanctity is stronger than the whole of hell. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Do not be one of those who, rather Do not be one of those who, rather than risk failure, never attempts anything. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: My God, I pray better to you by My God, I pray better to you by breathing. I pray better to you by walking than by talking. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: To be a saint is to be yourself. To be a saint is to be yourself. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: When we are strong, we are always much When we are strong, we are always much greater than the things that happen to us. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Our sorry idiot life, our idiot existence, idiot Our sorry idiot life, our idiot existence, idiot not because it has to be but because it is not what it could be with a little more courage and care. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The imagination should be allowed a certain amount The imagination should be allowed a certain amount of time to browse around. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Christ is born to us today, in order Christ is born to us today, in order that he may appear to the whole world through us. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: I don't even need to know precisely what I don't even need to know precisely what I am doing, except that I am acting for the love of God. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Love is the epiphany of God in our Love is the epiphany of God in our poverty. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: But there is greater comfort in the substance But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The peculiar grace of a shaker chair is The peculiar grace of a shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing that an angel might come and sit on it. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Jesus lived and died in vain if He Jesus lived and died in vain if He did not teach us to regulate the whole of life by the eternal law of love. Gandhi, quoted in Merton, p. 38 — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: On Pride: This sickness is most dangerous when On Pride: This sickness is most dangerous when it succeeds in looking like humility. When a proud man thinks he is humble his case is hopeless. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The great thing, and the only thing, is The great thing, and the only thing, is to adore and praise GOD. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: I shall lead you through the loneliness, the I shall lead you through the loneliness, the solitude you will not understand; but it is my shortcut to your soul. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: God, have mercy on me in the blindness God, have mercy on me in the blindness in which I hope I am seeking You! — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: How can I be sincere if I am How can I be sincere if I am constantly changing my mind to conform with the shadow of what I think others expect of me? — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: For he who knows does not speak, He For he who knows does not speak, He who speaks does not know" (12) And "The Wise Man gives instruction Without the use of speech." (13) — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: There is, in a word, nothing comfortable about There is, in a word, nothing comfortable about the Bible... — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The greatest temptations are not those that solicit The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: To find love I must enter into the To find love I must enter into the sanctuary where it is hidden, which is the mystery of God. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases to disturb us. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Zen insight is not our awareness, but Being's Zen insight is not our awareness, but Being's awareness of itself in us. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratiitude: Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratiitude: we are thankful and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is love ... — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We stumble and fall constantly even when we 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. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Day: In the western part of England lived a In the western part of England lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton. — Thomas Day
Thomas Merton Quotes By Matt Chandler: When sin becomes bitter, then Christ becomes sweet. When sin becomes bitter, then Christ becomes sweet. Thomas Merton — Matt Chandler
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: There is a logic of language and a There is a logic of language and a logic of mathematics. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The end of the world will be legal. The end of the world will be legal. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: True encounter with Christ liberates something within us, True encounter with Christ liberates something within us, a power we did not know we had, a capacity to grow and change. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We put words between ourselves and things. We put words between ourselves and things. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Stagnation and inactivity bring spiritual death. Stagnation and inactivity bring spiritual death. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Lovely morning! How lovely life can be! Lovely morning! How lovely life can be! — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The least of the work of learning is The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The Breviary was hard to learn, and every The Breviary was hard to learn, and every step was labor and confusion, not to mention the mistakes and perplexities I got myself into. However, — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: must become convinced and penetrated by the realization must become convinced and penetrated by the realization that without my love for them they may perhaps not achieve the things God has willed for them. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: If we are to love sincerely, and with If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: For the ones who are called saints by For the ones who are called saints by human opinion on earth may very well be devils, and their light may very well be darkness — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: There must be a time of day when There must be a time of day when the man who makes plans forgets his plans, and acts as if he had no plans at all. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: To worship our false selves is to worship To worship our false selves is to worship nothing. And the worship of nothing is hell. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: IT is not we who choose to awaken IT is not we who choose to awaken ourselves, but God Who chooses to awaken us. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Zen is consciousness unstructured by particular form or Zen is consciousness unstructured by particular form or particular system, a trans-cultural, trans-religious, transformed consciousness. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Today the artist has inherited the combined functions Today the artist has inherited the combined functions of hermit, pilgrim, prophet, priest, shaman, sorcerer, soothsayer, alchemist. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Solitude and silence teach me to love my Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: In the end, no one can seek God In the end, no one can seek God unless he has already begun to find him. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We must make the choices that enable usto We must make the choices that enable us
to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Love, in fact, is the spiritual life; and Love, in fact, is the spiritual life; and without it, all other exercises of the spirit are emptied of content. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Whose silence are you? Whose silence are you? — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The love of pleasure is destined by its The love of pleasure is destined by its very nature to defeat itself and end in frustration. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: There are ways that seem to men to There are ways that seem to men to be good, the end whereof is in the depths of hell. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We are united to Him in darkness, because We are united to Him in darkness, because we have to hope. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: There should be at least a room or There should be at least a room or some corner where no one will find you and disturb you or notice you. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Silence is not broken by speech, but by Silence is not broken by speech, but by the anxiety to be heard. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The Holy Spirit is the most perfect gift The Holy Spirit is the most perfect gift of the Father to men, and yet He is the one gift which the Father gives most easily. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: For our duties and our needs, in all For our duties and our needs, in all the fundamental things for which we were created, come down in practice to the same thing. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The greatest need of our time is to The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: We refuse love, and reject society, in so We refuse love, and reject society, in so far as it seems, in our own perverse imagination, to imply some obscure kind of humiliation — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: The real hope is not in something we The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Love is its own reward ... Love is its own reward ... — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: Duty does not have to be dull. Love Duty does not have to be dull. Love can make it beautiful and fill it with life. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: True happiness is found in unselfish Love, A True happiness is found in unselfish Love, A love which increases in proportion as it is shared. — Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Quotes By Thomas Merton: It is a terrible thing to think of It is a terrible thing to think of the grace that is wasted in this world, — Thomas Merton