"Perhaps I am stronger than I think."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Thomas Merton on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Thomas Merton on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Thomas Merton on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Thomas Merton on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Thomas Merton on Ernest Hemingway
"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."