Thomas Merton Quotations

-A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.

-The least of learning is done in the classrooms.

-The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

-Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

-It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.

-The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

-We stumble and fall constantly, even when we are most enlightened.

Thomas Merton 1915-1968