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Quote: Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.




Quote: To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration.


Quote: The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love.


Quote: October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful. The names of the subjects all seem to lay open the way to a new world. Your arms are full of new, clean notebooks, waiting to be filled. You pass the doors of the library, and the smell of thousands of well-kept books makes your head swim with a clean and subtle pleasure.


Quote: If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.




Quote: The importance of detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we are supposed to be free from things that we might prefer to people. Wherever things have become more important than people, we are in trouble. That is the crux of the whole matter. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The importance of detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we are supposed to be free from things that we might prefer to people. Wherever things have become more important than people, we are in trouble. That is the crux of the whole matter.


Quote: My best writing has always been in journals. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

My best writing has always been in journals.


Quote: The whole business was so completely unthinkable that my mind, like almost all the other minds that were in the same situation, simply stopped trying to cope with it, and refixed its focus on the ordinary routine of life. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The whole business was so completely unthinkable that my mind, like almost all the other minds that were in the same situation, simply stopped trying to cope with it, and refixed its focus on the ordinary routine of life.


Quote: What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we cannot cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we cannot cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Business is not the supreme virtue, and sanctity is not measured by the amount of work we accomplish.  Perfection is found in the purity of our love for God, and this pure love is a delicate plant that grows best where there is plenty of time for it to mature. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Business is not the supreme virtue, and sanctity is not measured by the amount of work we accomplish.  Perfection is found in the purity of our love for God, and this pure love is a delicate plant that grows best where there is plenty of time for it to mature.


Quote: Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder.


Quote: The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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.


Quote: Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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.


Quote: If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.


Quote: To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.


Quote: If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved.




Quote: True encounter with Christ liberates something in us, a power we did not know we had, a hope, a capacity for life, a resilience, an ability to bounce back when we thought we were completely defeated, a capacity to grow and change, a power of creative transformation. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of Thomas Merton quote; white text on black background

True encounter with Christ liberates something in us, a power we did not know we had, a hope, a capacity for life, a resilience, an ability to bounce back when we thought we were completely defeated, a capacity to grow and change, a power of creative transformation.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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.


Quote: To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect on me is to live on the doorstep of hell. Selfishness is doomed to frustration centered as it is upon a lie. To live exclusively for myself, I must make all things bend themselves to my will as if I were a god. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of Thomas Merton quote: To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect on me is to live on the doorstep of hell. Selfishness is doomed to frustration centered as it is upon a lie. To live exclusively for myself, I must make all things bend themselves to my will as if I were a god.- black text on quotes background

To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect on me is to live on the doorstep of hell. Selfishness is doomed to frustration centered as it is upon a lie. To live exclusively for myself, I must make all things bend themselves to my will as if I were a god.


Quote: If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.


Quote: Even when it speaks, humility listens. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Even when it speaks, humility listens.


Quote: Humility is the surest sign of strength. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Humility is the surest sign of strength.


Quote: We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.


Quote: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-we find it with another. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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


Quote: Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments.


Quote: We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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.


Quote: Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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


Quote: The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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.


Quote: We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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


Quote: The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Merton overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

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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