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What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates
us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all
the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
– Thomas Merton

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
– Thomas Merton

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.
– Thomas Merton

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

We live in a society whose whole policy is to excite every nerve in the human body and keep
it at the highest pitch of artificial tension, to strain every human desire to the limit and to
create as many new desires and synthetic passions as possible, in order to cater to them
with the products of our factories and printing presses and movie studios and all the rest.
– Thomas Merton

It is both dangerous and easy to hate man as he is because he is not what he ought to be. If
we do not first respect what he is we will never suffer him to become what he ought to be:
In our impatience we do away with him altogether.
– Thomas Merton

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to
too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in
everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.
– Thomas Merton

Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.
– Thomas Merton

Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: For it is perhaps your
own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his
– Thomas Merton

What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean first of all, desiring to live, accepting life
as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it
enables us to give to others.
– Thomas Merton

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.
– Thomas Merton

If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my
hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living
fully for the thing I want to live for.
– Thomas Merton

The soul of man, left to its own natural level, is a potentially lucid crystal left in darkness. It
is perfect in its own nature, but it lacks something that it can only receive from outside and
above itself. But when the light shines in it, it becomes in a manner transformed into light and
seems to lose its nature in the splendor of a higher nature, the nature of the light that is in
– Thomas Merton

Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: You were
created for joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not
yet begun to live.
– Thomas Merton

Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.
That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I
accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.
– Thomas Merton

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my
existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my
true character. Love is my name.
– Thomas Merton

This Article is Posted on 08 Apr 2015 in Informative Section and Quotes