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Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton

Spiritual guide, social critic and Roman Catholic Writer, Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France. He immigrated to the United States, becoming a farmer and journalist for a time before becoming a priest and given the name Father Louis in 1949. Merton went on to write more than 70 books, primarily on social justice, pacifism and, of course, spirituality. These include "The Seven Story Mo…

Date of Birth: January 31, 1915
Date of Death: October 12, 1968


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"If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell" Thomas Merton
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"The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that 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" Thomas Merton
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"A daydream is an evasion." Thomas Merton
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"It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them…. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say." Thomas Merton
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"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
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"The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom" Thomas Merton
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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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"Technology is not in itself opposed to spirituality and to religion. But it presents a great temptation." Thomas Merton
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"At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will." Thomas Merton
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"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
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"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-we find it with another." Thomas Merton
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real" Thomas Merton
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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." Thomas Merton
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"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little." Thomas Merton
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"The tighter you squeeze, the less you have." Thomas Merton
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"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
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"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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"We do not exist for ourselves." Thomas Merton
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