"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."Thomas Merton on Helen Keller
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."Thomas Merton on Aristotle Onassis
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."Thomas Merton on Robert Louis Stevenson
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."Thomas Merton on Bill Copeland
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."Thomas Merton on Joseph Campbell
"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."