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Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest ...
by Thomas Merton

Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

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

 

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

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

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all
nature seems renewed around me and with me.
The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue,
the trees a deeper green.
The whole world is charged with the glory of God and
I feel fire and music under my feet.
- Thomas Merton

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To consider persons and events and situations only
in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all.
No man can serve two masters.
Your life is shaped by the end you live for.
You are made in the image of what you desire.
- Thomas Merton

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations,
study hell.
- Thomas Merton

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness
of the interdependence of all these living beings,
which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
- Thomas Merton

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance,
order, rhythm and harmony.
- Thomas Merton

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
- Thomas Merton

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
- Thomas Merton

We do not exist for ourselves.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
- Thomas Merton

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

I cannot make the universe obey me.
I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies.
I cannot make even my own body obey me.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

A daydream is an evasion.
- Thomas Merton

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

Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
- Thomas Merton

The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.
- Thomas Merton

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

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves,
and not to twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
- Thomas Merton

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

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.
- Thomas Merton

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

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time
and no imagination left for being.
As a result, men are valued not for what they are but
for what they do or what they have -
for their usefulness.
- Thomas Merton

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.
- Thomas Merton

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

Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels,
levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
- Ambrose Bierce

Clocks slay time...
time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels;
only when the clock stops does time come to life.
- William Faulkner

Sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly.
- Terry Waite

I've also committed my time and resources to many local
organizations like Christmas in April,
Catholic Community Services, and Hudson County Meals on Wheels.
- Vincent Frank

Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories,
and still your eyes are on the ground.
- Dante Alighieri

It is smarter to borrow from nature than to reinvent the wheels.
- Philip Emeagwali

My wheels are running.
My investments are local, regional and international.
- Al-Waleed bin Talal

Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S.
military machine to turn.
- John Stockwell

Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
- Martin Luther

I've just been fortunate to havehad a lot of hit records,
though Human Wheels doesn't qualify as a hit record-but
it's really the best single I've ever had.
- John Mellencamp

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.
And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you own a home with wheels on it and several cars without,
you just might be a redneck.
- Jeff Foxworthy

The best actors do not let the wheels show.
- Milan Kundera

These guys are so old they're eligible for meals on wheels.
- Mickey Rivers

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
- Ouida

I'd like to get four people who do cart wheels very good,
and make a cart.
- Mitch Hedberg

People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure.
They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.
- Dale Turner

The original item looked like a little hand cart with
the figure of a man mounted on a platform between the wheels.
The man's outstretched arm always pointed south.
- Kit Williams

Nothing is so beautiful as spring - when weeds,
in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens,
and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear,
it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
- Gerard Manley Hopkins

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others,
on top of two wheels with a chain - at least in a poor country like Russia -
and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires.
In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.
- Leon Trotsky

I wrote two plotted books, got some of the fundamentals of storytelling down,
then...
it's sort of like taking the training wheels off,
trying to write a book that's fun in the same way without
relying on quite such mechanical or external beats.
- Jonathan Franzen

I think there are a lot of technocrats in the business
who would much rather work with just wheels and gears and machinery.
Those things interest them more than humanity and I
wish them the best of luck.
- Ron Perlman

The half minute which we daily devote to the winding-up
of our watches is an exertion of labour almost insensible;
yet,
by the aid of a few wheels, its effect is spread over
the whole twenty-four hours.
- Charles Babbage

Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
future is extremely important to high morale,
to dynamism, to consensus, and in general to help the
wheels of society turn smoothly.
- Herman Kahn

When steam first began to pump and wheels go round
at so many revolutions per minute,
what are called business habits were intended to make
the life of man run in harmony with the steam engine,
and his movement rival the train in punctuality.
- George William Russell

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less
energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment,
you perform better when your thoughts,
feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
- Brian Tracy

I have always had strong maternal instincts.
Even when I was still a child I cut out pictures of
prams from newspapers and imagined the feeling of pushing
my own pram through fresh winter snow and seeing the
wheels' tracks behind me in the snow.
- Agnetha Faltskog

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The cleansing fire of Spirit
consumes the troubles of this world.
Feed your concerns to the fire.
Breathe deeply and rejoice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Yesterday is ashes.
Tomorrow is green wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.
- Eskimo Proverb


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