"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."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Thomas Merton on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Thomas Merton on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Thomas Merton on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Thomas Merton on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Thomas Merton on Helen Keller
"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."
"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."