24 Kata Bijak Dari 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.
We have what we seek it is there all the time and if we give it time it will make itself known to us.
Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.
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.
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations study hell.
When ambition ends happiness begins.
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance order rhythm and harmony.
Be good keep your feet dry your eyes open your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.
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.
The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.
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.
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.
But I do know focusing on the exterior doesn't make me happy. If I want peace and serenity it won't be reached by getting thinner or fatter.