"When ambition ends, happiness begins."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Thomas Merton on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Thomas Merton on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Thomas Merton on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Thomas Merton on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Thomas Merton on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."