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Inspirational quotes from Thomas Merton

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.

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.

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

Stop asking yourself questions that have no meaning. Or if they have, you'll find out when you need to -- find out both the questions and the answers.

The least of learning is done in the classrooms.

A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book.

It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God.