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The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. ...
by Thomas Merton

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
- Thomas Merton

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

Every moment and every event of every man's life on
earth plants something in his soul.
- Thomas Merton

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways
signs of God's mercy to me.
- Thomas Merton

 

Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation.
- Thomas Merton

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
- Thomas Merton

I cannot make the universe obey me.
I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies.
I cannot make even my own body obey me.
- Thomas Merton

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Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open,
your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.
- Thomas Merton

To consider persons and events and situations only
in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell.
- Thomas Merton

We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened.
But when we are in true spiritual darkness,
we do not even know that we have fallen.
- Thomas Merton

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.
- Thomas Merton

The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.
- Thomas Merton

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

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

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness
of the interdependence of all these living beings,
which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
- Thomas Merton

A daydream is an evasion.
- Thomas Merton

Advertising treats all products with the reverence
and the seriousness due to sacraments.
- Thomas Merton

We do not exist for ourselves.
- Thomas Merton

October is a fine and dangerous season in America.
a wonderful time to begin anything at all.
You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful.
- Thomas Merton

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
- Thomas Merton

Love is our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-we find it with another.
- Thomas Merton

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

We have what we seek, it is there all the time,
and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.
- Thomas Merton

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance,
order, rhythm and harmony.
- Thomas Merton

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
- Thomas Merton

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.
- Thomas Merton

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

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations,
study hell.
- Thomas Merton

Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
- Thomas Merton

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

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill
the deepest capacities of our real selves.
- Thomas Merton

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.
- Thomas Merton

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.
- Thomas Merton

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible
for living his own life and for "finding himself."
If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else,
he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.
- Thomas Merton

Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin.
It is here that you discover act without motion,
labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity,
and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.
- Thomas Merton

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time
and no imagination left for being.
As a result, men are valued not for what they are but
for what they do or what they have -
for their usefulness.
- Thomas Merton

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice.
It demands greater heroism than war.
It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much
more perfect purity of conscience.
- Thomas Merton

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not
able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?
This is the most important of all voyages of discovery,
and without it, all the rest are not only useless,
but disastrous.
- Thomas Merton

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

The biggest adventure you can take is
to live the life of your dreams.
- Oprah Winfrey

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

My biggest hero, Gregory Peck, was my birthday present on April 14,
1973.
I just sat and stared at him.
- Loretta Lynn

Once in a while I'll get moved to do some exercise.
It's something I long for but the biggest problem is
bending down and putting my tennis shoes on.
Once I go out I'm OK.
- David Soul

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- Chanakya

My biggest dream is that my words will inspire heart,
hope and personal responsibility in people around the globe
long after my feet in these shoes aren't walking the planet.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Indifferent to whether your mood is grumpy or cheerful,
Nature always sings her passionate song of joyful celebration.
You can never stop the happy song of life,
so join the celebration -
sing along, dance, make love,
smile your biggest smile, and cheer on God's music.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inaction may be the biggest form of action.
- Jerry Brown

My biggest win was getting the meal money bumped from $5 to $7.
- Bob Cousy

My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into.
Middle-aged men ask me when we're going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons.
- Joseph Barbera

The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the
necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.
- Robert Benchley

My biggest regret is that I didn't teach my two children how to speak Spanish.
- Henry Darrow

Tourism is our second biggest industry in terms of the people it employs.
- Ed Rendell

We're just being ourselves and having fun playing baseball.
The biggest thing is when people look at our team,
they can see that we're having a lot of fun.
- Johnny Damon

They make a humongous profit, but the people that work
on the shows don't get paid a lot because they're working on the Oscars show.
It's the biggest show in the world.
- Bruce Vilanch

The Communists at that moment were very strong in Italy,
and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest Communist
Party outside the Soviet Union.
- Giovanni Agnelli

Michael and Alex, I love you.
And we're going to have the biggest celebration when you get home.
- Susan Smith

The biggest surprise about our marriage is that Erin was out there.
- James Denton

Today, being the biggest developing countries in the world,
China and India are both committed to developing their
economy and raising their people's living standards.
- Li Peng

I failed first grade, which is my biggest problem.
You always feel like a failure, like you're stupid.
- Amy Sedaris

Babylon 5 is probably the biggest, most ambitious television
science fiction series ever made.
It's one big novel told over five years with 110 different stories told within it.
- Bill Mumy

It's the biggest party in the world,
and you have to keep the whole thing percolating,
which is difficult because a lot of awards most people don't care about.
- Bruce Vilanch

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes
may be the biggest mistake of all.
- Peter McWilliams

Yes, winning the gold medal was undoubtedly the biggest day of my career -
mostly because I won the way I had prepared to run it.
It was a totally satisfying experience.
- Frank Shorter

Harrison Ford was pretty content as a carpenter who
thought it would be nice to work on TV and ended up
being the biggest film star in the history of cinema.
- Dirk Benedict

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer's block,
as if it was some kind of illness.
- Mary Garden

Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart,
the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance,
Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.
- Virginia Woolf

Of course, I'm drawn to a place like Iraq because It's
the biggest story of our generation.
- Joe Sacco

We knew it was going to be the biggest event scheduled
in the history of women's sports,
but we didn't ever fathom we would be playing before
sold-out stadiums all over the country.
- Lorrie Fair

The biggest disappointment has been seeing the number
of people in this business with very shortsighted views.
- Greg Ginn


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