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 :: 1915-1968, American Religious Writer, Poet

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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 - [Spirit and Spirituality]

 

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Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.
~ Thomas Merton - [Attachment]

 

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Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life.
~ Thomas Merton - [Death and Dying]

 

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I am willing to admit that some people might live there for years, or even a lifetime, so protected that they never sense the sweet stench of corruption that is all around them -- the keen, thin scent of decay that pervades everything and accuses with a terrible accusation the superficial youthfulness, the abounding undergraduate noise, that fills those ancient buildings.
~ Thomas Merton - [Colleges and Universities]

 

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I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.
~ Thomas Merton - [Control]

 

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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 - [Responsibility]

 

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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 - [Compassion]

 

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We do not exist for ourselves...
~ Thomas Merton - [Cooperation]

 

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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 - [Failure]

 

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