"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."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Thomas Merton on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Thomas Merton on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Thomas Merton on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Thomas Merton on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Thomas Merton on William Shakespeare
"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."
"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."