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Thomas Merton Quotes: "True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God. If I seek some other reward besides God Himself, I may get my reward but I cannot be happy."

True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God. If I seek some other reward besides God Himself, I may get my reward but I cannot be happy.




Thomas Merton Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul."

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



Thomas Merton Quotes: "But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question."

But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.




Thomas Merton Quotes: "Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it."

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "All theology is a kind of birthdayEach one who is born Comes into the world as a questionFor which old answersAre not sufficient…"

All theology is a kind of birthdayEach one who is born Comes into the world as a questionFor which old answersAre not sufficient…



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward."

Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.




Thomas Merton Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything."

Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Pardon all runners, All speechless, alien winds, All mad waters.Pardon their impulses, Their wild attitudes, Their young flights, their reticence.When a message has no clothes onHow can it be spoken."

Pardon all runners, All speechless, alien winds, All mad waters.Pardon their impulses, Their wild attitudes, Their young flights, their reticence.When a message has no clothes onHow can it be spoken.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "The deepest need of our darkness is to comprehend the light which shines in the midst of it."

The deepest need of our darkness is to comprehend the light which shines in the midst of it.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how."

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.




Thomas Merton Quotes: "His vision was religious and clean, and therefore his paintings were without decoration or superfluous comment, since a religious man respects the power of God's creation to bear witness for itself."

His vision was religious and clean, and therefore his paintings were without decoration or superfluous comment, since a religious man respects the power of God's creation to bear witness for itself.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "I will not fear for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."

I will not fear for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more."

Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity."

Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be."

For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "The deepest of level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless ... beyond speech ... beyond concept."

The deepest of level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless ... beyond speech ... beyond concept.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "We do not want to be beginners [at prayer]. but let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners, all our life!"

We do not want to be beginners [at prayer]. but let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners, all our life!



Thomas Merton Quotes: "The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom."

The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "In the end, no one can seek God unless he has already begun to find him."

In the end, no one can seek God unless he has already begun to find him.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well."

When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "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."

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.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "It is by desiring to grow in love that we receive the Holy Spirit, and the thirst for more charity is the effect of this more abundant reception."

It is by desiring to grow in love that we receive the Holy Spirit, and the thirst for more charity is the effect of this more abundant reception.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Today the artist has inherited the combined functions of hermit, pilgrim, prophet, priest, shaman, sorcerer, soothsayer, alchemist."

Today the artist has inherited the combined functions of hermit, pilgrim, prophet, priest, shaman, sorcerer, soothsayer, alchemist.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "My mother was informing me, by mail, that she was about to die, and would never see me again."

My mother was informing me, by mail, that she was about to die, and would never see me again.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him."

Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Conscience is the light by which we interpret the will of God in our own lives."

Conscience is the light by which we interpret the will of God in our own lives.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "No one can find God without having first been found by Him. A monk is a man who seeks God because he has been found by God."

No one can find God without having first been found by Him. A monk is a man who seeks God because he has been found by God.



Thomas Merton 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."

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.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "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."

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

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



Thomas Merton Quotes: "How deluded we sometimes are by the clear notions we get out of books."

How deluded we sometimes are by the clear notions we get out of books.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Violence is essentially wordless and it can begin only where thought and rational communication have broken down."

Violence is essentially wordless and it can begin only where thought and rational communication have broken down.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves."

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "A man who fails well is greater than one who succeeds badly."

A man who fails well is greater than one who succeeds badly.



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"

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: "Perhaps I am stronger than I think."

Perhaps I am stronger than I think.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "One came out of the church with a kind of comfortable and satisfied feeling that something had been done that needed to be done, and that was all I knew about it."

One came out of the church with a kind of comfortable and satisfied feeling that something had been done that needed to be done, and that was all I knew about it.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am."

Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error."

The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me."

I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "The selfishness of an age that has devoted itself to the mere cult of pleasure has tainted the whole human race with an error that makes all our acts more or less lies against God."

The selfishness of an age that has devoted itself to the mere cult of pleasure has tainted the whole human race with an error that makes all our acts more or less lies against God.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another."

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny....To work out our identity in God."

Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny....To work out our identity in God.



Thomas Merton Quotes: "We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to "like" one another."

We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to "like" one another.



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

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