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Thomas Merton Quote: “Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real.”

Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real.

— Thomas Merton



Thomas Merton Quote: “Perhaps I am stronger than I think.”

Perhaps I am stronger than I think.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “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


Thomas Merton Quote: “If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.”

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

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

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

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.”

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “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.”

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 Quote: “Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.”

Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.

— Thomas Merton



Thomas Merton Quote: “The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.”

The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.”

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.”

A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “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


Thomas Merton 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.”

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.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton 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.”

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.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “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.”

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


Thomas Merton Quote: “Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.

— Thomas Merton


Thomas Merton Quote: “The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds”

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 Quote: “In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience.”

In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience.

— Thomas Merton


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