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Thomas Merton Quotes
Brief author info: Thomas Merton (1915-1968) French-born poet, writer, Trappist monk.
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We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
We cannot love ourselves unless we love others, and we cannot love others unless we love ourselves. But a selfish love of ourselves makes us incapable of loving others.
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
Even those who resist Him carry out His will without realizing that they are doing so.
A happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found: for a happiness that is diminished by not being shared is not big enough to make us happy.
Now anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked.
Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself can only discover from within.
No matter how ruined man and his world may seem to be, and no matter how terrible man's despair may become, as long as he continues to be a man his very humanity continues to tell him that life has a meaning.
Every other man is a piece of myself, for I am a part and a member of mankind.
May God prevent us from becoming "right-thinking men"-that is to say men who agree perfectly with their own police.
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