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Thomas Merton Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

 

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

A daydream is an evasion.
- Thomas Merton

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
- Thomas Merton

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We do not exist for ourselves.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
- 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

Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

True wisdom cannot be learned in a lifetime,
but can be revealed in a moment,
for it has always lived within each and every one of us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I have Gratitude for Everything
that has brought me to this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

It is the quality of the moment,
not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stay in the moment and all gifts are added
as you breathe and take inspired action.
- Joe Vitale

This is our moment, this is our time.
- Bono

I Am One With Spirit and All Creation -
I give thanks for the unity of all creation
and for everything that has brought me to this moment.
I release my entire being to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives,
everything he does becomes tainted.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every moment wasted looking back
keeps us from moving forward.
- Hilary Clinton

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
- Anonymous

A moment without joy is an eternity of sadness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you are patient in one moment of anger,
you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
- Chinese Proverb

My only reason for not experiencing bliss at this very moment
is thinking about what I don't have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Wait!
Start on your dreams, your impulses,
your longings, your special occasions today.
Because this is your moment.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.
- Anne Frank

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.
Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

I pray that my greatest desires will always be for
exactly what Spirit is offering me at that very moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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