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Nationality
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DOB
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31-01-1915
DOD
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10-12-1968

Author Thomas Merton was born on 31st January 1915 AD. An American citizen, Thomas Merton was born in United States. Thomas Merton was 53 years old when he died on 10th December 1968 AD. In his life Thomas Merton was famous not only for his work but also for quotations and sayings, some of which are quite popular and listed here.

Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed - but hate these things in yourself, not in another.

- New Seeds of Contemplation , Thomas Merton

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image.

- Thomas Merton

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.

- Thomas Merton

Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.

- Thomas Merton

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

- Love and Living , Thomas Merton

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.

- Thomas Merton

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. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.

- The Seven Storey Mountain , Thomas Merton

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

- No Man Is an Island , 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

- No Man Is an Island , Thomas Merton

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.

- Thoughts in Solitude , Thomas Merton

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

- 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 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.

- The Way of Chuang Tzu , Thomas Merton

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.

- 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

If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.

- Thoughts in Solitude , Thomas Merton

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

- Thomas Merton

But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.

- Thomas Merton

Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.

- 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

Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments.

- Thomas Merton

Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.

- Thomas Merton

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.

- The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals , Thomas Merton

Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.

- Thomas Merton

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

- Thomas Merton

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

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.

- Thomas Merton

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how

- Thomas Merton

October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful.

- Thomas Merton

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.

- Thomas Merton

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

- Thomas Merton

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