Thomas Merton

1915 - 1968

A Quote by Thomas Merton on christian, truth, humility, poverty, and glory

At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched 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 live, which is inaccessable to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on self-knowledge, awareness, self, awakening, and enlightenment

Before we can become who we really are, we must become conscious of the fact that the person who we think we are, here and now, is at best an impostor and a stranger.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on meditation, meditating, awareness, writing, art, life, and waiting

Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding in a train.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on sermon, faith, god, spirituality, world, universe, and holy

There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on monks and poets

I stand before you tonight to represent the people who do not count: The poor, the poets, and monks. As long as there are people who are trying to realize the divine in themselves, there shall be hope in the world.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

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A Quote by Thomas Merton

"Love is a special way of being alive." 

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on art

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

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on life, living, and being present

Today will never come again. 

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on love, destiny, and meaning of life

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

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on love and life

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Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him.  And perhaps if he believed you are capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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