Thomas Merton quotes page 3
Life is this simple: We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is
shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.
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
Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.
I stand before you tonight to represent the people who do not count: The poor, the poets,
and monks. As long as there are people who are trying to realize the divine in themselves,
there shall be hope in the world.
We do not exist for ourselves.
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.
Love is a special way of being alive.