"The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."Thomas Merton on Abraham Lincoln
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls."Thomas Merton on Mother Teresa
"When the solution is simple, God is answering."Thomas Merton on Albert Einstein
"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."Thomas Merton on Maya Angelou
"Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God."Thomas Merton on Lawrence Welk
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another."
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
"Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how."
"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."
"Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it."
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