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Thomas Merton: Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was a 20th century Anglo-American Catholic writer. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis.. American author and Trappist monk

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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is itself to succumb to the violence of our times. Frenzy destroys our inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful. Quote Right
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Quote Left Attachment to spiritual things is.. just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else. Quote Right
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Quote Left Modern man believes he is fruitful and productive when his ego is aggressively affirmed, when he is visibly active, and when his action produces obvious results. Quote Right
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Quote Left The least of learning is done in the classrooms. Quote Right
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