23 Thomas Merton Quotes

  • "Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Love, Rewards


  • "As long as I am content to know that He is infinitely greater than I, and that I cannot know Him unless He shows Himself to me, I will have Peace, and He will be near me and in me, and I will rest in Him."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Peace, Rest


  • "The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: God, Truth


  • "We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Peace


  • "Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him requires a lot of courage and know-how."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Contentment, God


  • "We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to "like" one another."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Love


  • "There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the donkey understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Christmas


  • "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Pride, Humility


  • "I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Fear, God


  • "Our knowledge of God is paradoxically not of him as the object of our scrutiny, but of ourselves as utterly dependent on his saving and merciful knowledge of us. It is in proportion, as we are known to him that we find our real being and identity in Christ. We know him in and through ourselves in so far as his truth is the source of our being and his merciful love is the very heart of our life and existence."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: God, Mercy, Christ


  • "To be risen with Christ means not only that one has a choice and that one may live by a higher law - the law of grace and love - but that one must do so. The first obligation of the Christian is to maintain their freedom from all superstitions, all blind taboos and religious formalities, indeed from all empty forms of legalism."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Grace, Legalism, Choices


  • "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Life


  • "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."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Suffering


  • "A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Life


  • "The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."

    - Thomas Merton
    Topics: Mercy



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