"Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Thomas Merton on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Thomas Merton on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Thomas Merton on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Thomas Merton on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Thomas Merton on Abraham Lincoln
"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."