"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Thomas Merton on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Thomas Merton on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Thomas Merton on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Thomas Merton on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Thomas Merton on Oscar Wilde
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another."
"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."
"By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet."