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My best writing has always been in journals  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Love winter when the plant says nothing  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Love is the door to eternity  (Thomas Merton Quotes) The tighter you squeeze, the less you have  (Thomas Merton Quotes) The least of learning is done in the classrooms  (Thomas Merton Quotes) 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  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Every moment and every event of everyman’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men  (Thomas Merton Quotes) 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  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Surrender your own poverty and acknowledge your nothingness to the Lord. Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present in you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you and offers you an understanding and compassion which are like nothing you have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon  (Thomas Merton Quotes) 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 Quotes) God, Who is everywhere, never leaves us. Yet He seems sometimes to be present, sometimes to be absent. If we do not know Him well, we do not realize that He may be more present to us when He is absent than when He is present  (Thomas Merton Quotes) 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 Quotes) The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference  (Thomas Merton Quotes) If there is no silence beyond and within the many words of doctrine, there is no religion, only a religious ideology. For religion goes beyond words and actions, and attains to the ultimate Truth only in silence and Love  (Thomas Merton Quotes) 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 Quotes) There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the donkey understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today  (Thomas Merton Quotes) The mission of Christian humility in social life is not merely to edify, but to keep minds open to many alternatives. The rigidity of a certain type of Christian thought has seriously impaired this capacity, which nonviolence must recover  (Thomas Merton Quotes) The only trouble is that in the spiritual life there are no tricks and no shortcuts. Those who imagine that they can discover spiritual gimmicks and put them to work for themselves usually ignore God’s will and his grace  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Nevertheless, the liturgy of Ash Wednesday is not focussed on the sinfulness of the penitent but on the mercy of God. The question of sinfulness is raised precisely because this is a day of mercy, and the just do not need a savior  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess  (Thomas Merton Quotes) O love-why can’t you leave me alone? Which is a rhetorical question meaning: for heaven’s sake, don’t  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Contemplation is life itself, fully awake, fully active, and fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant Source  (Thomas Merton Quotes) In any case, his religious teaching consisted mostly in more or less vague ethical remarks, an obscure mixture of ideals of English gentlemanliness and his favorite notions of personal hygiene. Everybody knew that his class was liable to degenerate into a demonstration of some practical points about rowing, with Buggy sitting on the table and showing us how to pull an oar  (Thomas Merton Quotes) A humble man is not afraid of failure. In fact, he is not afraid of anything, even himself, since perfect humility implies perfect confidence in the power of God  (Thomas Merton Quotes) If we have not silence, God is not heard in our music. If we have no rest God, does not bless our work  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God  (Thomas Merton Quotes) My God, I pray better to you by breathing. I pray better to you by walking than by talking  (Thomas Merton Quotes) I am against war, against violence, against violent revolution, for peaceful settlement of differences, for nonviolent but nevertheless radical changes. Change is needed, and violence will not really change anything: at most it will only transfer power from one set of bull-headed authorities to another  (Thomas Merton Quotes) In meditative prayer, one thinks and speaks not only with the mind and lips, but in a certain sense with one’s whole being... All good meditative prayer is a conversation of our entire self to God  (Thomas Merton Quotes) Stop asking yourself questions that have no meaning. Or if they have, you’ll find out when you need to -- find out both the questions and the answers  (Thomas Merton Quotes)
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