Thomas Merton Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Thomas Merton quotes and Thomas Merton sayings, and Thomas Merton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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"

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

"If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts."

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

"Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity."

"he 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."

"We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are."

"It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers."

"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."

"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."

"Perhaps I am stronger than I think."

"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."

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

"The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods."

"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real."

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