Quotes by Thomas Merton

"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them"
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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
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"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image."
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"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
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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."
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Books by Thomas Merton

  • The City of God
  • 10,738 ratings
  • February 1st 1994 by Modern Library (NY)

    (first published 426)

  • Thoughts in Solitude
  • 3,091 ratings
  • November 29th 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    (first published 1956)

  • City of God
  • 2,668 ratings
  • October 31st 2000 by Random House

    (first published October 1st 2000)

Thomas Merton
  • Thomas Merton

  • Date of birth: January 31, 1915
  • Died: December 10, 1968
  • Born: in Prades, France.

  • Description: Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of inter-religious dialogue, engaging in spiritual dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and D. T. Suzuki. His life and career were suddenly cut short at age 53, when he was electrocuted stepping out of his bath.

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