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Famous Thomas Merton Quotes

Listed in: Inspirational Quotes

On Love:

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

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.

The desire to kill is like the desire to attack another with a red hot iron. I have to pick up the incandescent metal and burn my own hand while burning the other person. Hate itself is the seed of death in my own heart while it seeks death of another. Love is the seed of life in my own heart while it seeks the good of another.

On Life:

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.

On Death:

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.

On Happiness:

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

On Learning:

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

The least work of learning is done in the classroom.

On God:

We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time. God manifests Himself everywhere, in everything in people and in things and in nature and in events … The only thing is we don’t see it. … I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. But the gate of heaven is everywhere.