"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Thomas Merton on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Thomas Merton on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Thomas Merton on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Thomas Merton on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Thomas Merton on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"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."