Томас Мертон

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Нас согревает огонь, а не дым; через океан мы плаваем на кораблях, а не на волнах, которые они оставляют за собой.

Life is like a puzzle without a solution.

A dream is something that will disappear no matter how much you wish it to believe it.

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love.
Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.

Persons are not known by intellect alone, not by principles alone, but only by love. It is when we love the other, the enemy, that we obtain from God the key to an understanding of who he is, and who we are.

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.

We must suffer. Our five sense are dulled by inordinate pleasure. … The logic of the poet — that is, the logic of language or the experience itself — develops the way a living organism grows: it spreads out towards what it loves, and is heliotropic, like a plant.

All problems are resolved and everything is clear. The rock, all matter, all life, is charged with dharmakaya… everything is emptiness and everything is compassion.

It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes:

We drive by night. Nevertheless our reason penetrates the darkness enough to show us a little of the road ahead. It is by the light of reason that we interpret the signposts and make out the landmarks along our way.

This new language of prayer has to come out of something which transcends all our traditions, and comes out of the immediacy of love.

Hope of attaining true freedom by purely political means has become an insane delusion.

The biggest human temptation is … to settle for too little.

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