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Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God. Thomas Merton
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The art of our time, sacred art included, will necessarily be characterized by a certain poverty, grimness and roughness which correspond to the violent realities of a cruel age. Thomas Merton
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Art is not an end in itself. It introduces the soul into a higher spiritual order, which it expresses and in some sense explains. Thomas Merton
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The true contemplative is one who has discovered the art of finding leisure even in the midst of his work, by working with such a spirit of detachment and recollection that even his work is a prayer Thomas Merton
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Stop thinking and start looking. Thomas Merton
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The artist should preach nothing-not even his own autonomy. His art should speak its own truth, and in so doing it will be in harmony with every other kind of truth- moral, metaphysical, mystical. Thomas Merton
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Imagination has the creative task of making symbols, joining things together in such a way that they throw new light on each other and on everything around them. The imagination is a discovering faculty, a faculty for seeing relationships, for seeing meanings that are special and even quite new. Thomas Merton
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Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding in a train. Thomas Merton
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The goal of fasting is inner unity. Thomas Merton
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Love is our true destiny. Thomas Merton
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Thinking prevents the unconscious from speaking. Thomas Merton
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When you see God in everyone, then they see God in you. Thomas Merton
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Today will never come again. Thomas Merton
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The God of peace is never glorified by human violence. Thomas Merton
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We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. Thomas Merton
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Love is its own reward.... Thomas Merton
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We stumble and fall constantly, even when we are most enlightened. Thomas Merton
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The problem today is that there are no deserts, only dude ranches. Thomas Merton
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The purpose of our lives is to find the purpose of our lives. Thomas Merton
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What we have to be is what we are. Thomas Merton
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