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Thomas Merton OCSO (January 31, 1915 December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name "Father Louis".[1][2] He was a member of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, living there from 1941 to his death.

Merton wrote more than 50 books in a period of 27 years,[3] mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Among Merton's most enduring works is his bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain (1948). His account of his spiritual journey inspired scores of World War II veterans, students, and teenagers to explore offerings of monasteries across the US.[4][5] It is among National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century.[6]

Merton became a keen proponent of interfaith understanding, exploring Eastern religions through his study of mystic practice. He is particularly known for having pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama; Japanese writer D. T. Suzuki; Thai Buddhist monk Buddhadasa, and Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He traveled extensively in the course of meeting with them and attending international conferences on religion. In addition, he wrote books on Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, and how Christianity related to them. This was highly unusual at the time in the United States, particularly within the religious orders.
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1:If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for . . . To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. ~ Thomas Merton,

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1:live,” said Paul, ~ Thomas Merton
2:Songs of Innocence ~ Thomas Merton
3:There is only now. ~ Thomas Merton
4:Whose silence are you? ~ Thomas Merton
5:Love is its own reward. ~ Thomas Merton
6:Grace, which is charity, ~ Thomas Merton
7:The root of war is fear. ~ Thomas Merton
8:A daydream is an evasion. ~ Thomas Merton
9:Love is our true destiny. ~ Thomas Merton
10:Today will never come again. ~ Thomas Merton
11:Love is the door to eternity. ~ Thomas Merton
12:We do not exist for ourselves. ~ Thomas Merton
13:Stop thinking and start looking. ~ Thomas Merton
14:To be a saint is to be yourself. ~ Thomas Merton
15:The gate of heaven is everywhere. ~ Thomas Merton
16:Take more time, cover less ground. ~ Thomas Merton
17:Thomas Merton’s Thoughts in Solitude. ~ Peter Enns
18:What we have to be is what we are. ~ Thomas Merton
19:I need my heart to be moved by you. ~ Thomas Merton
20:Love is an intensification of life. ~ Thomas Merton
21:Perhaps I am stronger than I think. ~ Thomas Merton
22:The end of the world will be legal. ~ Thomas Merton
23:The goal of fasting is inner unity. ~ Thomas Merton
24:SIT FINIS LIBRI, NON FINIS QUAERENDI ~ Thomas Merton
25:We discover our true selves in love. ~ Thomas Merton
26:Humility is a virtue, not a neurosis. ~ Thomas Merton
27:Love is a special way of being alive. ~ Thomas Merton
28:Our real journey in life is interior. ~ Thomas Merton
29:When ambition ends, happiness begins. ~ Thomas Merton
30:Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. ~ Thomas Merton
31:Lovely morning! How lovely life can be! ~ Thomas Merton
32:For me to be a saint means to be myself. ~ Thomas Merton
33:Humility is the surest sign of strength. ~ Thomas Merton
34:Love winter when the plant says nothing. ~ Thomas Merton
35:The only unhappiness is not to love God. ~ Thomas Merton
36:It might be good to open our eyes and see. ~ Thomas Merton
37:We love the things we pretend to laugh at. ~ Thomas Merton
38:We put words between ourselves and things. ~ Thomas Merton
39:By faith we know God without seeing Him. By ~ Thomas Merton
40:He excels in giving irrelevant information. ~ Thomas Merton
41:Love is the epiphany of God in our poverty. ~ Thomas Merton
42:Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. ~ Thomas Merton
43:My best writing has always been in journals. ~ Thomas Merton
44:The things that we love tell us what we are. ~ Thomas Merton
45:If you have love you will do all things well. ~ Thomas Merton
46:One bird sits still Watching the work of God: ~ Thomas Merton
47:You are made in the image of what you desire. ~ Thomas Merton
48:A golden heavensings by itselfa song to nobody ~ Thomas Merton
49:Love is perfect in proportion to it's freedom. ~ Thomas Merton
50:The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. ~ Thomas Merton
51:Bonum est praestolari cum silentio salutare Dei. ~ Thomas Merton
52:Get warm any way you can, and love God and pray. ~ Thomas Merton
53:Infinite sharing is the law of God s inner life. ~ Thomas Merton
54:Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God. ~ Thomas Merton
55:Stagnation and inactivity bring spiritual death. ~ Thomas Merton
56:The least of learning is done in the classrooms. ~ Thomas Merton
57:Thinking prevents the unconscious from speaking. ~ Thomas Merton
58:What you fear is an indication of what you seek. ~ Thomas Merton
59:As soon as you are really alone you are with God. ~ Thomas Merton
60:Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real ~ Thomas Merton
61:The biggest disease in North America is busyness. ~ Thomas Merton
62:When our life feeds on unreality, it must starve. ~ Thomas Merton
63:To be unknown to God is entirely too much privacy. ~ Thomas Merton
64:We are already ONE. We just think we are separate. ~ Thomas Merton
65:The speech of God is silence. His Word is solitude. ~ Thomas Merton
66:When sin becomes bitter, then Christ becomes sweet. ~ Thomas Merton
67:A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book. ~ Thomas Merton
68:Father,” I answered, “I want to give God everything. ~ Thomas Merton
69:The fear of the Lord is the beginning of heaven. And ~ Thomas Merton
70:To be unknown to God is altogether too much privacy. ~ Thomas Merton
71:Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. ~ Thomas Merton
72:Action is the stream, and contemplation is the spring. ~ Thomas Merton
73:The God of peace is never glorified by human violence. ~ Thomas Merton
74:When you see God in everyone, then they see God in you. ~ Thomas Merton
75:Many books have been written on Thomas Merton already. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
76:No one is so wrong as the man who knows all the answers. ~ Thomas Merton
77:The least of the work of learning is done in classrooms. ~ Thomas Merton
78:There is a logic of language and a logic of mathematics. ~ Thomas Merton
79:All those days and nights were without romance, horrible. ~ Thomas Merton
80:Life reveals itself to us only in so far as well live it. ~ Thomas Merton
81:The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. ~ Thomas Merton
82:We live as spiritual men when we live as men seeking God. ~ Thomas Merton
83:A faith that is afraid of other people is no faith at all. ~ Thomas Merton
84:The time will come when they will sell you even your rain. ~ Thomas Merton
85:We are united to Him in darkness, because we have to hope. ~ Thomas Merton
86:We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. ~ Thomas Merton
87:You cannot be a man of faith unless you know how to doubt. ~ Thomas Merton
88:prayer is to religion what original research is to science, ~ Thomas Merton
89:The only way to make a man worthy of love is by loving him. ~ Thomas Merton
90:There is, in a word, nothing comfortable about the Bible... ~ Thomas Merton
91:(“A classic is a book that remains in print”—Mark Van Doren) ~ Thomas Merton
92:A man who fails well is greater than one who succeeds badly. ~ Thomas Merton
93:Had I ever read the Life of St. Bernard by Dom Ailbe Luddy?— ~ Thomas Merton
94:I can only become perfectly free by serving the will of God. ~ Thomas Merton
95:My spiritual goal is to one day walk into God and disappear. ~ Thomas Merton
96:Teach me to go to the country beyond words and beyond names. ~ Thomas Merton
97:The biggest human temptation is... to settle for too little. ~ Thomas Merton
98:To place your trust in visible things is to live in despair. ~ Thomas Merton
99:No one is so wrong as the man who knows all the answers. Like ~ Thomas Merton
100:Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him. ~ Thomas Merton
101:The purpose of our lives is to find the purpose of our lives. ~ Thomas Merton
102:Thomas Merton said, “To be a saint means to be myself. ~ Stephen Adly Guirgis
103:To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything. ~ Thomas Merton
104:effort is necessary, enlightened, well-directed and sustained. ~ Thomas Merton
105:Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases to disturb us. ~ Thomas Merton
106:What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe. ~ Thomas Merton
107:Happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found. ~ Thomas Merton
108:How far have I to go to find you in whom I have already arrived. ~ Thomas Merton
109:I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. ~ Thomas Merton
110:In Silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience. ~ Thomas Merton
111:Silence is not broken by speech, but by the anxiety to be heard. ~ Thomas Merton
112:The great thing, and the only thing, is to adore and praise GOD. ~ Thomas Merton
113:The thing that crushed me was that I had never learned to dance. ~ Thomas Merton
114:Those who are not grateful soon begin to complain of everything. ~ Thomas Merton
115:I find I serve the world best by keeping my distance and freedom. ~ Thomas Merton
116:The only One Who can teach me to find God is God, Himself, Alone. ~ Thomas Merton
117:Both threat and promise often come from the same political source. ~ Thomas Merton
118:God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of Himself. ~ Thomas Merton
119:If you have never had any distractions you don't know how to pray. ~ Thomas Merton
120:O God, my God, the night has values that the day never dreamed of. ~ Thomas Merton
121:The problem today is that there are no deserts, only dude ranches. ~ Thomas Merton
122:Those who think they 'know' from the beginning will never in fact ~ Thomas Merton
123:We stumble and fall constantly, even when we are most enlightened. ~ Thomas Merton
124:What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone in the forest at night. ~ Thomas Merton
125:What is the good of religion without personal spiritual direction? ~ Thomas Merton
126:Man was made for the highest activity, which is, in fact, his rest. ~ Thomas Merton
127:We believe, not because we want to know, but because we want to be. ~ Thomas Merton
128:Power always protects the good of some at the expense of all others. ~ Thomas Merton
129:The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly ~ Thomas Merton
130:All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God. ~ Thomas Merton
131:Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton
132:But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact pleases You. ~ Thomas Merton
133:Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. ~ Thomas Merton
134:Si ascendero in coelum, tu illic es. Si descendero in infernum, ades. ~ Thomas Merton
135:any fool knows that you don’t need money to get enjoyment out of life. ~ Thomas Merton
136:Art enables us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton
137:Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. ~ Thomas Merton
138:How deluded we sometimes are by the clear notions we get out of books. ~ Thomas Merton
139:If you find God with great ease, perhaps it is not God you have found. ~ Thomas Merton
140:To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration. ~ Thomas Merton
141:Freedom is perfect when no other love can impede our desire to love God ~ Thomas Merton
142:The man of faith who has never experienced doubt is not a man of faith. ~ Thomas Merton
143:We cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. ~ Thomas Merton
144:God, have mercy on me in the blindness in which I hope I am seeking You! ~ Thomas Merton
145:In the end, no one can seek God unless he has already begun to find him. ~ Thomas Merton
146:Zen insight is not our awareness, but Being's awareness of itself in us. ~ Thomas Merton
147:Discretion tells us what God wants of us and what He does not want of us. ~ Thomas Merton
148:from whose womb will come the last and greatest instrument of destruction. ~ Thomas Merton
149:It is a terrible thing to think of the grace that is wasted in this world, ~ Thomas Merton
150:Life is not attained by reasoning and analysis but first of all by living. ~ Thomas Merton
151:The closer we are to God, the closer we are to those who are close to him. ~ Thomas Merton
152:We must slow down to a human tempo and we'll begin to have time to listen. ~ Thomas Merton
153:We must slow down to a human tempo and we’ll begin to have time to listen. ~ Thomas Merton
154:If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. ~ Thomas Merton
155:If you found God with great ease, perhaps it's not God that you have found. ~ Thomas Merton
156:Go into the desert not to escape other men but in order to find them in God. ~ Thomas Merton
157:In the end, it's the reality of personal realtionships that save everything. ~ Thomas Merton
158:The imagination should be allowed a certain amount of time to browse around. ~ Thomas Merton
159:Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation. ~ Thomas Merton
160:If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts. ~ Thomas Merton
161:If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world. ~ Thomas Merton
162:Laziness and cowardice are two of the greatest enemies of the spiritual life. ~ Thomas Merton
163:Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake. ~ Thomas Merton
164:While some men see ordinary happenings, others see divine light and guidance. ~ Thomas Merton
165:... but any fool knows that you don't need money to get enjoyment out of life. ~ Thomas Merton
166:Do not be one of those who, rather than risk failure, never attempts anything. ~ Thomas Merton
167:Every other man is a piece of myself, for I am a part and a member of mankind. ~ Thomas Merton
168:IT is not we who choose to awaken ourselves, but God Who chooses to awaken us. ~ Thomas Merton
169:THE MONASTERY IS A SCHOOL—A SCHOOL IN WHICH WE learn from God how to be happy. ~ Thomas Merton
170:Conscience is the light by which we interpret the will of God in our own lives. ~ Thomas Merton
171:Gerçek anlamda derin düşünme; psikolojik bir hile değil, teolojik bir lütuftur. ~ Thomas Merton
172:The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me. ~ Thomas Merton
173:To be ordinary is not a choice: It is the usual freedom of men without visions. ~ Thomas Merton
174:Tu qui sedes in tenebris spe tua gaude: orta stella matutina, sol non tardabit. ~ Thomas Merton
175:Contemplation is the loving sense of this life, this presence and this eternity. ~ Thomas Merton
176:Duty does not have to be dull. Love can make it beautiful and fill it with life. ~ Thomas Merton
177:In the spiritual life there is no such thing as an indifference to love or hate. ~ Thomas Merton
178:We cannot see things in perspective until we cease to hug them to our own bosom. ~ Thomas Merton
179:Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton
180:How free you can become if you stop worrying about things that don’t concern you! ~ Thomas Merton
181:When we are strong, we are always much greater than the things that happen to us. ~ Thomas Merton
182:Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand. ~ Thomas Merton
183:Like all life, it grows sick and dies when it is uprooted from its proper element. ~ Thomas Merton
184:Charity is without fear: having given all that it has, it has nothing left to lose. ~ Thomas Merton
185:Every breath we draw is a gift of God's love; every moment of existence is a grace. ~ Thomas Merton
186:... He is most glorified by those in whom His mercy has produced the greatest love. ~ Thomas Merton
187:It can be said, without fear of error, that our meditation is as good as our faith. ~ Thomas Merton
188:If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell. ~ Thomas Merton
189:Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism. ~ Thomas Merton
190:There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality, ~ Thomas Merton
191:We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to "like" one another. ~ Thomas Merton
192:A man searching for enlightenment is like a man sitting on an Ass in search of an Ass ~ Thomas Merton
193:But true faith must be able to go on even when everything else is taken away from us. ~ Thomas Merton
194:Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. ~ Thomas Merton
195:Our whole life is a meditation of our last decision - the only decision that matters. ~ Thomas Merton
196:There are ways that seem to men to be good, the end whereof is in the depths of hell. ~ Thomas Merton
197:your eyes must turn, again and again, to the House that hides the Sacramental Christ! ~ Thomas Merton
198:Christ is born to us today, in order that he may appear to the whole world through us. ~ Thomas Merton
199:God Himself begins to live in me not only as my Creator but as my other and true self. ~ Thomas Merton
200:I think poetry must
I think it must
Stay open all night
In beautiful cellars. ~ Thomas Merton
201:Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more. ~ Thomas Merton
202:To worship our false selves is to worship nothing. And the worship of nothing is hell. ~ Thomas Merton
203:Because of their enmity you will be left alone. They will cast you out and forsake you. ~ Thomas Merton
204:Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. ~ Thomas Merton
205:God has brought me to Kentucky...the precise place he has chosen for my sanctification. ~ Thomas Merton
206:Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton
207:‎"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. ~ Thomas Merton
208:In our creation, God asked a question and in our truly living; God answers the question. ~ Thomas Merton
209:The meaning of life is found in openness to being and "being present" in full awareness. ~ Thomas Merton
210:There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun. ~ Thomas Merton
211:True solitude is the home of the person, false solitude the refuge of the individualist. ~ Thomas Merton
212:Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments. ~ Thomas Merton
213:As a matter of fact, it is often harder to manifest the good that is in us than the evil. ~ Thomas Merton
214:Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God. ~ Thomas Merton
215:The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. ~ Thomas Merton
216:But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question. ~ Thomas Merton
217:Love not only prefers the good of another to my own, but it does not even compare the two. ~ Thomas Merton
218:You are certainly one of the joys of life for all who have ever come within a mile of you. ~ Thomas Merton
219:Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. ~ Thomas Merton
220:Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. ~ Thomas Merton
221:People have no idea what one saint can do: for sanctity is stronger than the whole of hell. ~ Thomas Merton
222:Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. ~ Thomas Merton
223:Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already I am. ~ Thomas Merton
224:If Zen has any preference it is for glass that is plain, has no color, and is "just glass." ~ Thomas Merton
225:Our ideas of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.” —THOMAS MERTON, CHRISTIAN MYSTIC ~ Pam Grout
226:The deepest need of our darkness is to comprehend the light which shines in the midst of it. ~ Thomas Merton
227:The love of pleasure is destined by its very nature to defeat itself and end in frustration. ~ Thomas Merton
228:Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” — Thomas Merton ~ Christopher D Wallis
229:By faith we know God without seeing Him. By hope we possess God without feeling His presence. ~ Thomas Merton
230:Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening ~ Thomas Merton
231:I might as well add that I have enjoyed writing this book more than any other I can remember. ~ Thomas Merton
232:my desire of argument and religious discussion implied a fundamental and utter lack of faith, ~ Thomas Merton
233:My mother was informing me, by mail, that she was about to die, and would never see me again. ~ Thomas Merton
234:To find love I must enter into the sanctuary where it is hidden, which is the mystery of God. ~ Thomas Merton
235:We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. ~ Thomas Merton
236:[Bells] speak to us of our freedom, which responsibilities and transient cares make us forget. ~ Thomas Merton
237:Grains of error planted innocently in a well-kept greenhouse can become giant poisonous trees. ~ Thomas Merton
238:I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. ~ Thomas Merton
239:Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things. ~ Thomas Merton
240:Love is free; it does not depend on the desirability of its object, but loves for love's sake. ~ Thomas Merton
241:The peace produced by grace is a spiritual stability too deep for violence — it is unshakeable ~ Thomas Merton
242:There is not true intimacy between souls who do not know how to respect one another's solitude. ~ Thomas Merton
243:I have learned that one cannot truly know hope unless he has found out how like despair hope is. ~ Thomas Merton
244:True happiness is found in unselfish Love, A love which increases in proportion as it is shared. ~ Thomas Merton
245:We must make the choices that enable us
to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. ~ Thomas Merton
246:A Christian is committed to the belief that Love and Mercy are the most powerful forces on earth. ~ Thomas Merton
247:Actions are the doors and windows of being. Unless we act, we have no way of knowing what we are. ~ Thomas Merton
248:I don’t even need to know precisely what I am doing, except that I am acting for the love of God. ~ Thomas Merton
249:Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder. ~ Thomas Merton
250:Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. ~ Thomas Merton
251:The integrity of an artist lifts a man above the level of the world without delivering him from it. ~ Thomas Merton
252:There is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues. ~ Thomas Merton
253:Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. ~ Thomas Merton
254:Prayer is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him...who loves us, who is near to us. ~ Thomas Merton
255:The degradation of the sense of symbol in modern society is one of its many signs of spiritual decay. ~ Thomas Merton
256:And that is why the man who wants to see clearly, before he will believe, never starts on the journey. ~ Thomas Merton
257:How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man's city? ~ Thomas Merton
258:O love-why can't you leave me alone? Which is a rhetorical question meaning: for heaven's sake, don't. ~ Thomas Merton
259:Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it. ~ Thomas Merton
260:What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we cannot cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? ~ Thomas Merton
261:A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless, than one that always verges on despair. ~ Thomas Merton
262:A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live. ~ Thomas Merton
263:How do you expect to arrive at the end of your journey if you take the road to another man's city?(100) ~ Thomas Merton
264:If we have not silence, God is not heard in our music. If we have no rest God, does not bless our work. ~ Thomas Merton
265:Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone we find it with another. ~ Thomas Merton
266:Nothing has ever been said about God that hasn't already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. ~ Thomas Merton
267:Technology is not in itself opposed to spirituality and to religion. But it presents a great temptation. ~ Thomas Merton
268:There should be at least a room or some corner where no one will find you and disturb you or notice you. ~ Thomas Merton
269:We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. ~ Thomas Merton
270:As regards your chestnuts: you are going to have three measures in the morning and four in the afternoon. ~ Thomas Merton
271:Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone. ~ Thomas Merton
272:The sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. ~ Thomas Merton
273:Good moral actions are not enough. Everything in us, from the very depths, must be cleansed and reordered. ~ Thomas Merton
274:I am seen by You under the sky, and my offenses have been forgotten by You--but I have not forgotten them. ~ Thomas Merton
275:Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another. ~ Thomas Merton
276:Everything that happens to the poor, the meek, the desolate, the mourners, the despised, happens to Christ. ~ Thomas Merton
277:The religious answer is not really religious if it's not fully real. Evasion is the answer of superstition. ~ Thomas Merton
278:Bonum est praestolari cum silentio salutare Dei. (“It is good to wait in silence for the salvation of God.”) ~ Thomas Merton
279:If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved. ~ Thomas Merton
280:I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity ... I intend to become as good a Buddhist as I can. ~ Thomas Merton
281:It is when we insist most firmly on everyone else being "reasonable" that we become ourselves, unreasonable. ~ Thomas Merton
282:PRAYER and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. ~ Thomas Merton
283:Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. ~ Thomas Merton
284:the humble man takes whatever there is in the world that helps him to find God and leaves the rest aside. He ~ Thomas Merton
285:The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity. ~ Thomas Merton
286:You pray best when the mirror of your soul is empty of every image except the Image of the Invisible Father. ~ Thomas Merton
287:Place no hope in the feeling of assurance, in spiritual comfort. You may well have to get along without this. ~ Thomas Merton
288:As soon as one is conscious of the presence of the Master, one must, in all passivity, abandon the work to Him. ~ Thomas Merton
289:Before we can see that created things (especially material) are unreal, we must see clearly that they are real. ~ Thomas Merton
290:There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. ~ Thomas Merton
291:For although he is right with us and in and out of us and all through us, we have to go on journeys to find Him. ~ Thomas Merton
292:I have always considered you to be about the best living writer we’ve got. MERTON TO EVELYN WAUGH AUGUST 2, 1948 ~ Thomas Merton
293:It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister. ~ Thomas Merton
294:The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them. ~ Thomas Merton
295:For true humility is, in a way, a very real despair: despair of myself, in order that I may hope entirely in You. ~ Thomas Merton
296:The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. ~ Thomas Merton
297:The madman runs to the East and his keeper runs to the East, both are running to the East. Their purposes differ. ~ Thomas Merton
298:The proud man loves his own illusion and self-sufficiency. The spiritually poor man loves his very insufficiency. ~ Thomas Merton
299:The simplest and most effective way to sanctity is to disappear into the background of ordinary everyday routine. ~ Thomas Merton
300:The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived. ~ Thomas Merton
301:We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us. —Thomas Merton ~ Ram Dass
302:"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?" ~ Thomas Merton
303:Why did Christ become Man if not to save men by uniting them mystically with God through His own Sacred Humanity? ~ Thomas Merton
304:A gentle sense of humor will be alert to detect anything that savors of a pious 'act' on the part of the penitent. ~ Thomas Merton
305:Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. ~ Amy NewmarkThomas Merton D ~ Amy Newmark
306:I shall lead you through the loneliness, the solitude you will not understand; but it is my shortcut to your soul. ~ Thomas Merton
307:There must be a time of day when the man who makes plans forgets his plans, and acts as if he had no plans at all. ~ Thomas Merton
308:The simplest and most effective way to sanctity is to disappear into the background of ordinary every day routine. ~ Thomas Merton
309:Violence is essentially wordless. and it can begin only where thought and rational communication have broken down. ~ Thomas Merton
310:Ash Wednesday is full of joy...The source of all sorrow is the illusion that of ourselves we are anything but dust. ~ Thomas Merton
311:May God prevent us from becoming "right-thinking men"-that is to say men who agree perfectly with their own police. ~ Thomas Merton
312:People are in a hurry to magnify themselves by imitating what is popular- and too lazy to think of anything better. ~ Thomas Merton
313:The center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth. ~ Thomas Merton
314:The light of truth burns without a flicker in the depths of a house that is shaken with storms of passion and fear. ~ Thomas Merton
315:For although God is right with us and in us and out of us and all through us, we have to go on journeys to find him. ~ Thomas Merton
316:Instead of worshipping God through His creation we are always trying to worship ourselves by means of creatures. But ~ Thomas Merton
317:The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out of an inner journey. THOMAS MERTON, Mystics and Zen Masters ~ Ian Morgan Cron
318:There is a subtle but inescapable connection between the "sacred" attitude and the acceptance of one's in most self. ~ Thomas Merton
319:The truth never becomes clear as long as we assume that each one of us, individually, is the center of the universe. ~ Thomas Merton
320:Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. —Journal of Thomas Merton ~ Gretchen Rubin
321:Into this world, this demented inn
in which there is absolutely no room for him at all,
Christ comes uninvited. ~ Thomas Merton
322:The mercy of God demands to be known and recognized and set apart from everything else and praised and adored in joy. ~ Thomas Merton
323:If you want to have a spiritual life you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. ~ Thomas Merton
324:It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God. ~ Thomas Merton
325:It takes heroic charity and humility to let others sustain us when we are absolutely incapable of sustaining ourselves. ~ Thomas Merton
326:The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds ~ Thomas Merton
327:When you reread your journal you find out that your newest discovery is something you already found out five years ago. ~ Thomas Merton
328:How can I be sincere if I am constantly changing my mind to conform with the shadow of what I think others expect of me? ~ Thomas Merton
329:humble realization of our mysterious being as persons in whom God dwells, with infinite sweetness and inalienable power. ~ Thomas Merton
330:I will never be able to find myself if I isolate myself from the rest of mankind as if I were a different kind of being. ~ Thomas Merton
331:The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. ~ Thomas Merton
332:The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love. ~ Thomas Merton
333:We have to have a deep, patient compassion for the fears of others and irrational mania of those who hate or condemn us. ~ Thomas Merton
334:He who hopes in God trusts God, Whom he never sees, to bring him to the possession of things that are beyond imagination. ~ Thomas Merton
335:In meditative prayer, one thinks and speaks not only with his mind and lips, but in a certain sense with his whole being. ~ Thomas Merton
336:Thomas Merton puts it this way: “Life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.”2 ~ David G Benner
337:Hence, too, the man who sins in spite of himself but does not love his sin, is not a sinner in the full sense of the word. ~ Thomas Merton
338:I myself am part of the weather and part of the climate and part of the place … It is certainly part of my life of prayer. ~ Thomas Merton
339:In our present attitude the natural world remains a commodity to be bought and sold, not a sacred reality to be venerated. ~ Thomas Merton
340: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. ~ Thomas Merton
341:Only a man who works purely for God can at the same time do a very good job and leave the results of the job to God alone. ~ Thomas Merton
342:our material riches unfortunately imply a spiritual, cultural, and moral poverty that are perhaps far greater than we see. ~ Thomas Merton
343:The sacred attitude is, then, one of deep and fundamental respect for the real in whatever new form it may present itself. ~ Thomas Merton
344:No one can find God without having first been found by Him. A monk is a man who seeks God because he has been found by God. ~ Thomas Merton
345:The Christian life, and especially the contemplative life, is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places. ~ Thomas Merton
346:The solution of the problem of life is life itself. Life is not attained by reason and analysis but first of all by living. ~ Thomas Merton
347:In the devil's theology, the important thing is to be absolutely right and to prove that everybody else is absolutely wrong. ~ Thomas Merton
348:MANY poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves. ~ Thomas Merton
349:Our happiness consists in sharing the happiness of God, the perfection of His unlimited freedom, the perfection of His love. ~ Thomas Merton
350:Our knowledge of God is perfected by gratiitude: we are thankful and rejoice in the experience of the truth that He is love. ~ Thomas Merton
351:Fear narrows the little entrance of our heart. It shrinks up our capacity to love. It freezes up our power to give ourselves. ~ Thomas Merton
352:The Holy Spirit is the most perfect gift of the Father to men, and yet He is the one gift which the Father gives most easily. ~ Thomas Merton
353:For perfect hope is achieved on the brink of despair, when instead of falling over the edge, we find ourselves walking on air. ~ Thomas Merton
354:Prayer is an expression of who we are...We are a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment. ~ Thomas Merton
355:Spread abroad the name of Jesus in humility and with a meek heart; show him your feebleness, and he will become your strength. ~ Thomas Merton
356:When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well. ~ Thomas Merton
357:For our duties and our needs, in all the fundamental things for which we were created, come down in practice to the same thing. ~ Thomas Merton
358:For the ones who are called saints by human opinion on earth may very well be devils, and their light may very well be darkness ~ Thomas Merton
359:May we all grow in grace and peace and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us. ~ Thomas Merton
360:The deepest of level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless ... beyond speech ... beyond concept. ~ Thomas Merton
361:To be an acorn is to have a taste for being an oak tree. Habitual grace brings with it all the Christian virtues in their seed. ~ Thomas Merton
362:To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell. ~ Thomas Merton
363:Contemplative living is living in true relationship with oneself, God, others and nature, free of the illusions of separateness. ~ Thomas Merton
364:Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how. ~ Thomas Merton
365:Real self-conquest is the conquest of ourselves not by ourselves but by the Holy Spirit. Self-conquest is really self-surrender. ~ Thomas Merton
366: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
367:It often happens, as a matter of fact, that so called “pious souls” take their “spiritual life” with a wrong kind of seriousness. ~ Thomas Merton
368:...love triumphs, at least in this life, not by eliminating evil once for all, but by resisting and overcoming it anew every day. ~ Thomas Merton
369:Without courage we can never attain to true simplicity. Cowardice keeps us “double minded” —hesitating between the world and God. ~ Thomas Merton
370:Hope deprives us of everything that is not God, in order that all things may serve their true purpose as means to bring us to God. ~ Thomas Merton
371:Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. ~ Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation (1949)
372:One might say I have decided to marry the silence of the forest. The sweet dark warmth of the whole world will have to be my wife. ~ Thomas Merton
373: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. ~ Thomas Merton
374:Each individual Christian and each new age of the Church has to make this rediscovery, this return to the source of Christian life. ~ Thomas Merton
375:The climate of this prayer is, then, one of awareness, gratitude and a totally obedient love which seeks nothing but to please God. ~ Thomas Merton
376:The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. ~ Thomas Merton
377:Today the artist has inherited the combined functions of hermit, pilgrim, prophet, priest, shaman, sorcerer, soothsayer, alchemist. ~ Thomas Merton
378:We only know Him in so far as we are known by Him, and our contemplation of Him is a participation in His contemplation of Himself. ~ Thomas Merton
379:How crazy it is to be “yourself” by trying to live up to an image of yourself you have unconsciously created in the minds of others. ~ Thomas Merton
380:Perhaps the book of life, in the end, is the book of what one has lived and if one has lived nothing, he is not in the book of life. ~ Thomas Merton
381:We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners, all our life! ~ Thomas Merton
382:Show us your Christ, Lady, after this our exile, yes: but show Him to us also now, show Him to us here, while we are still wanderers. ~ Thomas Merton
383:Sincerity must be bought at a price: the humility to recognize our innumerable errors, and fidelity in tirelessly setting them right. ~ Thomas Merton
384:We refuse love, and reject society, in so far as it seems, in our own perverse imagination, to imply some obscure kind of humiliation ~ Thomas Merton
385:Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat . . . Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully that. ~ Thomas Merton
386:The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. ~ Thomas Merton
387:Those who imagine that they can discover special gimmicks and put them to work for themselves usually ignore God’s will and his grace. ~ Thomas Merton
388:For he who knows does not speak, He who speaks does not know” (12) And “The Wise Man gives instruction Without the use of speech.” (13) ~ Thomas Merton
389:Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them. ~ Thomas Merton
390:God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of Himself. A word will never be able to comprehend the voice that utters it. But ~ Thomas Merton
391:Thomas Merton. A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals, Thomas Merton, Jonathan Montaldo. HarperCollins: New York, ~ Stephen Cope
392:We have what we seek. We don't have to rush after it. It was there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us. ~ Thomas Merton
393:Zen is consciousness unstructured by particular form or particular system, a trans-cultural, trans-religious, transformed consciousness. ~ Thomas Merton
394:The fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the wind, and join in the general Dance. ~ Thomas Merton
395:True simplicity implies love and trust—it does not expect to be derided and rejected, any more than it expects to be admired and praised. ~ Thomas Merton
396:For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be. ~ Thomas Merton
397:Humility sets us free to do what is really good, by showing us our illusions and withdrawing our will from what was only an apparent good. ~ Thomas Merton
398:I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me. ~ Thomas Merton
399:I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me. ~ Thomas Merton
400:Ultimately the only way that I can be myself is to become identified with Him in Whom is hidden the reason and fulfillment of my existence. ~ Thomas Merton
401:We do not want to be beginners [at prayer]. but let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners, all our life! ~ Thomas Merton
402:They knew a good building would praise God better than a bad one, even if the bad one were covered all over with official symbols of praise. ~ Thomas Merton
403:Jesus lived and died in vain if He did not teach us to regulate the whole of life by the eternal law of love. Gandhi, quoted in Merton, p. 38 ~ Thomas Merton
404:The only right way: to love and serve the man of the modern world, but not simply to succumb, with him, to all his illusions about the world. ~ Thomas Merton
405:they are still satisfied with the old clichés about “life-denying Buddhism,” “selfish navel-gazing,” and Nirvana as a sort of drugged trance. ~ Thomas Merton
406:First, the desert is the country of madness. Second, it is the refuge of the devil, thrown out into the “wilderness of upper Egypt” to “wander ~ Thomas Merton
407:Above all, enter into the Church’s liturgy and make the liturgical cycle part of your life—let its rhythm work its way into your body and soul. ~ Thomas Merton
408:But if you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I think I am living for. ~ Thomas Merton
409:No writing on the solitary, meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. ~ Thomas Merton
410:On Pride: This sickness is most dangerous when it succeeds in looking like humility. When a proud man thinks he is humble his case is hopeless. ~ Thomas Merton
411:The artistic experience, at its highest, was actually a natural analogue of mystical experience. It produced a kind of intuitive of perception. ~ Thomas Merton
412:In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. ~ Thomas Merton
413:Love is not a mere emotion or sentiment. It is the lucid and ardent responses of the whole person to a value that is revealed to him as perfect. ~ Thomas Merton
414:Make ready for the Christ, whose smile like lightning, sets free the song of everlasting glory that now sleeps—in your paper flesh. Thomas Merton ~ Richard Rohr
415:The Breviary was hard to learn, and every step was labor and confusion, not to mention the mistakes and perplexities I got myself into. However, ~ Thomas Merton
416:The peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing that an angel might come and sit on it. ~ Thomas Merton
417:The peculiar grace of a shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing that an angel might come and sit on it. ~ Thomas Merton
418: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. — Thomas Merton ~ Joanna Macy
419:Where self-interest is the bond, The friendship is dissolved When calamity comes. Where Tao is the bond, Friendship is made perfect By calamity. ~ Thomas Merton
420:All theology is a kind of birthday
Each one who is born
Comes into the world as a question
For which old answers
Are not sufficient… ~ Thomas Merton
421:Every man has a vocation to be someone: but he must understand clearly that in order to fulfill this vocation he can only be one person: himself. ~ Thomas Merton
422:It is by desiring to grow in love that we receive the Holy Spirit, and the thirst for more charity is the effect of this more abundant reception. ~ Thomas Merton
423:The man who sweats under his mask, whose role makes him itch with discomfort, who hates the division in himself, is already beginning to be free. ~ Thomas Merton
424:To see how seriously men take things and yet how little their seriousness profits them. Their tragedy makes our mediocrity all the more terrible. ~ Thomas Merton
425:The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods. ~ Thomas Merton
426:To praise the contemplative life is not to reject every other form of life, but to seek a solid foundation for every other human striving. Without ~ Thomas Merton
427:And men are so poor in intellect that a few cold chills down their spine will be enough to keep them from ever finding out the truth about anything ~ Thomas Merton
428:IF you want to renounce resentment you have to renounce the shadow self that feels itself menaced by the confusion without which it cannot subsist. ~ Thomas Merton
429:Life is not accomplishing some special work but attaining to a degree of consciousness and inner freedom which is beyond all works and attainments. ~ Thomas Merton
430:The humble man begs for a share in what everybody else has received. He too desires to be filled to overflowing with the kindness and mercy of God. ~ Thomas Merton
431:The truly sacred attitude toward life is in no sense an escape from the sense of nothingness that assails us when we are left alone with ourselves. ~ Thomas Merton
432:My life is a listening, His is a speaking. My salvation is to hear and respond. For this, my life must be silent. Hence, my silence is my salvation. ~ Thomas Merton
433:We are not converted only once in our lives but many times and this endless series of conversions and inner revolutions leads to our transformation. ~ Thomas Merton
434:هیچ کس نمی تواند به جستجوی خدا برآید مگر آنکه از هم اکنون او را یافته باشد و هیچ کس نمی تواند خدا را بیابد مگر آنکه پیش‌تر از سوی خدا یافته شده باشد ~ Thomas Merton
435:But the pride of those who live as if they believed they were better than anyone else is rooted in a secret failure to believe in their own goodness. ~ Thomas Merton
436:Great though books may be, friends though they may be to us, they are no substitute for persons, they are only means of contact with great persons... ~ Thomas Merton
437:Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself. He is not at peace with himself because he is not at peace with God. ~ Thomas Merton
438:Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself can only discover from within. ~ Thomas Merton
439:Our sorry idiot life, our idiot existence, idiot not because it has to be but because it is not what it could be with a little more courage and care. ~ Thomas Merton
440:When solitude was a problem, I had no solitude. When it ceased to be a problem I found I already possessed it, and could have possessed it all along. ~ Thomas Merton
441:Be still: There is no longer any need of comment. It was a lucky wind That blew away his halo with his cares, A lucky sea that drowned his reputation. ~ Thomas Merton
442:If there was no other proof of the infinite patience of God, a very good one could be found in His toleration of the pictures that are painted of Him. ~ Thomas Merton
443:I have only one desire, and that is the desire for solitude-to disappear into God, to be submerged in His peace, to be lost in the secret of His Face. ~ Thomas Merton
444:In all spiritualities there is a contrast between the affective or13 devotional (bhakti) and the intellectual, anoetic type of experience (raja yoga). ~ Thomas Merton
445:must become convinced and penetrated by the realization that without my love for them they may perhaps not achieve the things God has willed for them. ~ Thomas Merton
446: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. ~ Thomas Merton
447:The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! ~ Thomas Merton
448:We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. ~ Thomas Merton
449:He was a very good gardener, understood flowers, and knew how to make things grow. What is more, he liked this kind of work almost as much as painting. ~ Thomas Merton
450:I am earth, earth My heart's love Bursts with hay and flowers. I am a lake of blue air In which my own appointed place Field and valley Stand reflected ~ Thomas Merton
451:I think it was Thomas Merton who said that the easiest way to rid yourself of neurosis is to surround yourself with nature, or more specifically trees. ~ Joan Anderson
452:We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God ~ Thomas Merton
453:In reality the monk abandons the world only in order to listen more intently to the deepest and most neglected voices that proceed from its inner depth. ~ Thomas Merton
454: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. ~ Thomas Merton
455:Now anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. ~ Thomas Merton
456:Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess. ~ Thomas Merton
457:A happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found: for a happiness that is diminished by being shared is not big enough to make us happy. ~ Thomas Merton
458:In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline and peace. In such places love can blossom. ~ Thomas Merton
459:Nevertheless, every day love corners me somewhere and surrounds me with peace without my having to look very far or very hard or do anything special. God ~ Thomas Merton
460:One opens the inner doors of one's heart to the infinite silences of the Spirit, out of whose abysses love wells up without fail and gives itself to all. ~ Thomas Merton
461:This time is given to me by God that I may live in it. It is not given to make something out of it, but given me to be stored away in eternity as my own. ~ Thomas Merton
462:We cannot possess the truth fully until it has entered into the very substance of our life by good habits, and by a certain perfection of moral activity. ~ Thomas Merton
463:What we venerate in the Saints, beyond and above all that we know is this secret; the mystery of an innocence and of an identity perfectly hidden in God. ~ Thomas Merton
464:But if we love God for something less than Himself, we cherish a desire that can fail us. We run the risk of hating Him if we do not get what we hope for. ~ Thomas Merton
465:I am happy that I can at least want to love God. Perhaps that is all I’ve got, but it is already all that is essential. And He will take care of the rest. ~ Thomas Merton
466:Love in fact is the spiritual life, and without it all the other exercises of the spirit, however lofty, are emptied of content and become mere illusions. ~ Thomas Merton
467:To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us — and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love. ~ Thomas Merton
468:By “prayer of the heart” we seek God himself present in the depths of our being and meet him there by invoking the name of Jesus in faith, wonder and love. ~ Thomas Merton
469:Even the darkest moments of the liturgy are filled with joy, and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the lenten fast, is a day of happiness, a Christian feast. ~ Thomas Merton
470:I must become convinced and penetrated by the realization that without my love for them they may perhaps not achieve the things God has willed for them. My ~ Thomas Merton
471:It is not possible to be intimate with more than very few, because there are only very few in the world with whom we have practically everything in common. ~ Thomas Merton
472:People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. ~ Thomas Merton
473:This, then, is our desert: to live facing despair, but not to consent. To trample it down under hope in the Cross. To wage war against despair unceasingly. ~ Thomas Merton
474:Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, wrote that nothing can be expressed about solitude "that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. ~ Michael Finkel
475:Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, wrote that nothing can be expressed about solitude “that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. ~ Michael Finkel
476: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. ~ Thomas Merton
477:It is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives. ~ Thomas Merton
478:The humble person receives praise the way a clean window takes the light of the sun. The truer and more intense the light is, the less you see of the glass. ~ Thomas Merton
479:To love blindly is to love selfishly, because the goal of such love is not the real advantage of the beloved but only the exercise of love in our own souls. ~ Thomas Merton
480:by which the devil uses our philosophies to turn our whole nature inside out, and eviscerate all our capacities for good, turning them against ourselves. All ~ Thomas Merton
481:A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him.... The more a tree is like itself, the more it is like Him. ~ Thomas Merton
482:Everybody has an instinctive desire to do good things and avoid evil. But that desire is sterile as long as we have no experience of what it means to be good. ~ Thomas Merton
483:For it seems to me that the first responsibility of a man of faith is to make his faith really part of his own life, not by rationalizing it but by living it. ~ Thomas Merton
484:Possibly, what is required of some of us, and chiefly of me, is a solitary and personal response in the form of nonacquiescence, but quiet, definite and pure. ~ Thomas Merton
485:The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty. Ghandi, quoted in Merton, p. 68 ~ Thomas Merton
486:There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs; activism and overwork. ~ Thomas Merton
487:To love our nothingness we must love everything in us that the proud man loves when he loves himself. But we must love it all for exactly the opposite reason. ~ Thomas Merton
488: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. ~ Thomas Merton
489:One of the strange laws of the contemplative life is that in it you do not sit down and solve problems: you bear with them until they somehow solve themselves. ~ Thomas Merton
490:The surest sign that we have received a spiritual understanding of God’s love for us is the appreciation of our own poverty in the light of His infinite mercy. ~ Thomas Merton
491:What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer, we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer? ~ Thomas Merton
492:Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm. ~ Thomas Merton
493:Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false Self. We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves. ~ Thomas Merton
494:I can depend less and less on my own power and sense of direction...It is so strange to advance backwards and get where you are going in a totally unexpected way ~ Thomas Merton
495: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. ~ Thomas Merton
496:That is God's call to us - simply to be people who are content to live close to him and to renew the kind of life in which the closeness is felt and experienced. ~ Thomas Merton
497:The whole aim of Zen is not to make foolproof statements about experience, but to come to direct grips with reality without the mediation of logical verbalizing. ~ Thomas Merton
498:This is the crucifixion of Christ: in which He dies again and again in the individuals who were made to share the joy and freedom of His grace, and who deny Him. ~ Thomas Merton
499:A humble man is not afraid of failure. In fact, he is not afraid of anything, even himself, since perfect humility implies perfect confidence in the power of God. ~ Thomas Merton
500:A man becomes a saint not by conviction that he is better than sinners but by the realization that he is one of them, and that all together need the mercy of God! ~ Thomas Merton

IN CHAPTERS



   13 Poetry


   13 Thomas Merton




1.tm - A Messenger from the Horizon, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English Look, a naked runner A messenger, Following the wind From budding hills. By sweet sunstroke Wounded and signed, (He is therefore sacred) Silence is his way. Rain is his own Most private weather. Amazement is his star. O stranger, Our early hope Flies fast by, A mute comet, an empty sun. Adam is his name! O primeval angel Virgin brother of astonishment, Born of one word, one bare Inquisitive diamond. O blessed, Invulnerable cry, O unplanned Saturday, O lucky father! Come without warning A friend of hurricanes, Lightning in your bones! We will open to you The sun-door, the noble eye! Open to rain, to somersaulting air, To everything that swims, To skies that wake, Flare and applaud. (It is too late, he flies the other way Wrapping his honesty in rain.) --- Pardon all runners, All speechless, alien winds, All mad waters. Pardon their impulses, Their wild attitudes, Their young flights, their reticence. When a message has no clothes on How can it be spoken. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton
  

1.tm - A Practical Program for Monks, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English 1 Each one shall sit at table with his own cup and spoon, and with his own repentance. Each one's own business shall be his most important affair, and provide his own remedies. They have neglected bowl and plate. Have you a wooden fork? Yes, each monk has a wooden fork as well as a potato. 2 Each one shall wipe away tears with his own saint, when three bells hold in store a hot afternoon. Each one is supposed to mind his own heart, with its conscience, night and morning. Another turn on the wheel: ho hum! And observe the Abbot! Time to go to bed in a straw blanket. 3 Plenty of bread for everyone between prayers and the psalter: will you recite another? Merci, and Miserere. Always mind both the clock and the Abbot until eternity. Miserere. 4 Details of the Rule are all liquid and solid. What canon was the first to announce regimentation before us? Mind the step on the way down! Yes, I dare say you are right, Father. I believe you; I believe you. I believe it is easier when they have ice water and even a lemon. Each one can sit at table with his own lemon, and mind his own conscience. 5 Can we agree that the part about the lemon is regular? In any case, it is better to have sheep than peacocks, and cows rather than a chained leopard says Modest, in one of his proverbs. The monastery, being owner of a communal rowboat, is the antechamber of heaven. Surely that ought to be enough. 6 Each one can have some rain after Vespers on a hot afternoon, but ne quid nimis, or the purpose of the Order will be forgotten. We shall send you hyacinths and a sweet millennium. Everything the monastery provides is very pleasant to see and to sell for nothing. What is baked smells fine. There is a sign of God on every leaf that nobody sees in the garden. The fruit trees are there on purpose, even when no one is looking. Just put the apples in the basket. In Kentucky there is also room for a little cheese. Each one shall fold his own napkin, and neglect the others. 7 Rain is always very silent in the night, under such gentle cathedrals. Yes, I have taken care of the lamp, Miserere. Have you a patron saint, and an angel? Thank you. Even though the nights are never dangerous, I have one of everything. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - A Psalm, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English When psalms surprise me with their music And antiphons turn to rum The Spirit sings: the bottom drops out of my soul. And from the center of my cellar, Love, louder than thunder Opens a heaven of naked air. New eyes awaken. I send Love's name into the world with wings And songs grow up around me like a jungle. Choirs of all creatures sing the tunes Your Spirit played in Eden. Zebras and antelopes and birds of paradise Shine on the face of the abyss And I am drunk with the great wilderness Of the sixth day in Genesis. But sound is never half so fair As when that music turns to air And the universe dies of excellence. Sun, moon and stars Fall from their heavenly towers. Joys walk no longer down the blue world's shore. Though fires loiter, lights still fly on the air of the gulf, All fear another wind, another thunder: Then one more voice Snuffs all their flares in one gust. And I go forth with no more wine and no more stars And no more buds and no more Eden And no more animals and no more sea: While God sings by himself in acres of night And walls fall down, that guarded Paradise. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - Aubade -- The City, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English Now that the clouds have come like cattle To the cold waters of the city's river, All the windows turn their scandalized expression Toward the tide's tin dazzle, And question, with their weak-eyed stare, The riotous sun. From several places at a time Cries of defiance, As delicate as frost, as sharp as glass, Rise from the porcelain buildings And break in the blue sky. Then, falling swiftly from the air, The fragments of this fragile indignation Ring on the echoing streets No louder than a shower of pins. But suddenly the bridges' choiring cables Jangle gently in the wind And play like quiet piano-strings. All down the faces of the buildings Windows begin to close Like figures in a long division. Those whose eyes all night have simulated sleep, Suddenly stare, from where they lie, like wolves, Tied in the tangle of the bedding, And listen for the waking blood To flood the apprehensive silence of their flesh. They fear the heart that now lies quenched may quicken, And start to romp against the rib, Soft and insistent as a secret bell. They also fear the light will grow Into the windows of their hiding places, like a tree Of tropical flowers And put them, one by one, to flight. Then life will have to begin. Pieces of paper, lying in the streets, Will start up, in the twisting wind, And fly like idiot birds before the faces of the crowds. And in the roaring buildings Elevator doors will have begun To clash like sabres. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - Follow my ways and I will lead you, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English Follow my ways and I will lead you To golden-haired suns, Logos and music, blameless joys, Innocent of questions And beyond answers. For I, Solitude, am thine own Self: I, Nothingness, am thy All. I, Silence, am thy Amen. [1964.jpg] -- from A Thomas Merton Reader, by Thomas Merton / Edited by Thomas P. McDonnell <   

1.tm - In Silence, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English Be still. Listen to the stones of the wall. Be silent, they try to speak your name. Listen to the living walls. Who are you? Who are you? Whose silence are you? Who (be quiet) are you (as these stones are quiet). Do not think of what you are still less of what you may one day be. Rather be what you are (but who?) be the unthinkable one you do not know. O be still, while you are still alive, and all things live around you speaking (I do not hear) to your own being, speaking by the unknown that is in you and in themselves. I will try, like them to be my own silence: and this is difficult. The whole world is secretly on fire. The stones burn, even the stones they burn me. How can a man be still or listen to all things burning? How can he dare to sit with them when all their silence is on fire? [bk1sm.gif] -- from The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - Night-Flowering Cactus, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English I know my time, which is obscure, silent and brief For I am present without warning one night only. When sun rises on the brass valleys I become serpent. Though I show my true self only in the dark and to no man (For I appear by day as serpent) I belong neither to night nor day. Sun and city never see my deep white bell Or know my timeless moment of void: There is no reply to my munificence. When I come I lift my sudden Eucharist Out of the earth's unfathomable joy Clean and total I obey the world's body I am intricate and whole, not art but wrought passion Excellent deep pleasure of essential waters Holiness of form and mineral mirth: I am the extreme purity of virginal thirst. I neither show my truth nor conceal it My innocence is described dimly Only by divine gift As a white cavern without explanation. He who sees my purity Dares not speak of it. When I open once for all my impeccable bell No one questions my silence: The all-knowing bird of night flies out of my mouth. Have you seen it? Then though my mirth has quickly ended You live forever in its echo: You will never be the same again. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - O Sweet Irrational Worship, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English Wind and a bobwhite And the afternoon sun. By ceasing to question the sun I have become light, Bird and wind. My leaves sing. I am earth, earth All these lighted things Grow from my heart. A tall, spare pine Stands like the initial of my first Name when I had one. When I had a spirit, When I was on fire When this valley was Made out of fresh air You spoke my name In naming Your silence: O sweet, irrational worship! I am earth, earth My heart's love Bursts with hay and flowers. I am a lake of blue air In which my own appointed place Field and valley Stand reflected. I am earth, earth Out of my grass heart Rises the bobwhite. Out of my nameless weeds His foolish worship. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - Song for Nobody, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English A yellow flower (Light and spirit) Sings by itself For nobody. A golden spirit (Light and emptiness) Sings without a word By itself. Let no one touch this gentle sun In whose dark eye Someone is awake. (No light, no gold, no name, no color And no thought: O, wide awake!) A golden heaven Sings by itself A song to nobody. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - Stranger, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English When no one listens To the quiet trees When no one notices The sun in the pool. Where no one feels The first drop of rain Or sees the last star Or hails the first morning Of a giant world Where peace begins And rages end: One bird sits still Watching the work of God: One turning leaf, Two falling blossoms, Ten circles upon the pond. One cloud upon the hillside, Two shadows in the valley And the light strikes home. Now dawn commands the capture Of the tallest fortune, The surrender Of no less marvelous prize! Closer and clearer Than any wordy master, Thou inward Stranger Whom I have never seen, Deeper and cleaner Than the clamorous ocean, Seize up my silence Hold me in Thy Hand! Now act is waste And suffering undone Laws become prodigals Limits are torn down For envy has no property And passion is none. Look, the vast Light stands still Our cleanest Light is One! [1962.jpg] -- from The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - The Fall, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English There is no where in you a paradise that is no place and there You do not enter except without a story. To enter there is to become unnameable. Whoever is nowhere is nobody, and therefore cannot exist except as unborn: No disguise will avail him anything Such a one is neither lost nor found. But he who has an address is lost. They fall, they fall into apartments and are securely established! They find themselves in streets. They are licensed To proceed from place to place They now know their own names They can name several friends and know Their own telephones must some time ring. If all telephones ring at once, if all names are shouted at once and all cars crash at one crossing: If all cities explode and fly away in dust Yet identities refuse to be lost. There is a name and a number for everyone. There is a definite place for bodies, there are pigeon holes for ashes: Such security can business buy! Who would dare to go nameless in so secure a universe? Yet, to tell the truth, only the nameless are at home in it. They bear with them in the center of nowhere the unborn flower of nothing: This is the paradise tree. It must remain unseen until words end and arguments are silent. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - The Sowing of Meanings, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English See the high birds! Is theirs the song That dies among the wood-light Wounding the listener with such bright arrows? Or do they play in wheeling silences Defining in the perfect sky The bounds of (here below) our solitude, Where spring has generated lights of green To glow in clouds upon the sombre branches? Ponds full of sky and stillnesses What heavy summer songs still sleep Under the tawny rushes at your brim? More than a season will be born here, nature, In your world of gravid mirrors! The quiet air awaits one note, One light, one ray and it will be the angels' spring: One flash, one glance upon the shiny pond, and then Asperges me! sweet wilderness, and lo! we are redeemed! For, like a grain of fire Smouldering in the heart of every living essence God plants His undivided power -- Buries His thought too vast for worlds In seed and root and blade and flower, Until, in the amazing light of April, Surcharging the religious silence of the spring, Creation finds the pressure of His everlasting secret Too terrible to bear. Then every way we look, lo! rocks and trees Pastures and hills and streams and birds and firmament And our own souls within us flash, and shower us with light, While the wild countryside, unknown, unvisited of men, Bears sheaves of clean, transforming fire. And then, oh then the written image, schooled in sacrifice, The deep united threeness printed in our being, Shot by the brilliant syllable of such an intuition, turns within, And plants that light far down into the heart of darkness and oblivion, Dives after, and discovers flame. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

1.tm - When in the soul of the serene disciple, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
   Original Language English When in the soul of the serene disciple With no more Fathers to imitate Poverty is a success, It is a small thing to say the roof is gone: He has not even a house. Stars, as well as friends, Are angry with the noble ruin. Saints depart in several directions. Be still: There is no longer any need of comment. It was a lucky wind That blew away his halo with his cares, A lucky sea that drowned his reputation. Here you will find Neither a proverb nor a memorandum. There are no ways, No methods to admire Where poverty is no achievement. His God lives in his emptiness like an affliction. What choice remains? Well, to be ordinary is not a choice: It is the usual freedom Of men without visions. [1499.jpg] -- from Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton <   

WORDNET



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1. Merton, Thomas Merton ::: (United States religious and writer (1915-1968))




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Merton, Thomas Merton
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Merton, Thomas Merton
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Merton, Thomas Merton
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   HAS INSTANCE=> Merton, Thomas Merton
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   => rhymer, rhymester, versifier, poetizer, poetiser
   => scenarist
   => scriptwriter
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Integral World - The Self-Creating Universe, The Emergence of a New Worldview, John Clarke
Integral World - Ken Wilber and "Moronic" Evolution, The Religion of Tomorrow and the misunderstanding of Emergence, David Lane
Integral World - Buddha Nature, Inner Illumination and Evolutionary Emergence, Barclay Powers
Integral World - Ken Wilber's Evolutionary View Gets a Trim With Ockham's Razor, Part III: The Emergence of Consciousness Over the Course of Evolution, Don Salmon
Integral World - Ken Wilber's Evolutionary View Gets a Trim With Ockham's Razor, Part IV: The emergence of consciousness in birds, mammals and primates, Don Salmon
Integral World - Over the Rainbow: Civilizations, Spiral Dynamics, and the Emergence of a Global Holon
Integral World - An absolutely obvious look at how evolution actually operates, Wilber and Whitehead on the emergence of novelty, Frank Visser
Integral World - Demystifying Emergence, A Comparison of Harold Morowitz and Ken Wilber, Frank Visser
Integral World - "Entire populations simply show up", Ken Wilber on Emergence and Speciation, Frank Visser
Integral World - "It is Part of this Miracle of Emergence", Ken Wilber Argues for his Mysterianism, Frank Visser
Integral World - The Emergence of Integral Consciousness in Europe, Dennis Wittrock
The Emergence of a New Activism
Themes of Emergence: Awareness, Responsibility, and Mutuality
selforum - emergence of integral yoga
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wiki.auroville - Stewardship_for_New_Emergence
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Wikipedia - Alliance of Movements for the Emergence of Niger -- Political party in Niger
Wikipedia - Alternative Forces for Renewal and Emergence -- Political party in Mali
Wikipedia - Anthropic principle -- Philosophical premise that all scientific observations presuppose a universe compatible with the emergence of sentient organisms that make those observations
Wikipedia - Category:Emergence
Wikipedia - Charlot Jeudy -- Haitian activist involved in the emergence of LGBT rights Haiti
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Wikipedia - Emergence from Chaos
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Wikipedia - Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software -- Book by Steven Berlin Johnson
Wikipedia - Emergence (TV series) -- 2019 American mystery/thriller drama television series
Wikipedia - Emergence -- Phenomenon in complex systems where interactions produce effects not directly predictable from the subsystems
Wikipedia - Evolutionary origin of religions -- Emergence of religious behavior discussed in terms of natural evolution
Wikipedia - Hot spring -- Spring produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater
Wikipedia - Impact Wrestling Emergence -- 2020 Impact Wrestling special
Wikipedia - Neocatastrophism -- Hypothesis that life-exterminating events such as gamma-ray bursts have acted as a galactic regulation mechanism in the Milky Way upon the emergence of complex life
Wikipedia - Noogenesis -- Emergence and evolution of intelligence
Wikipedia - Rinse FM -- London-based radio station, critical in the emergence of dubstep and grime
Wikipedia - Scientific Revolution -- Events that marked the emergence of modern science in the early modern period
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World Ninja War Jiraiya (1988 - 1989) - The only non-armored hero of this era of shows, this program features an actual ninja master from a historically known ninja clan preparing his son, daughter, and youngest child, along with a family relative and a police officer with ninja roots to combat the re-emergence of a centuries-old demon sa...
Adventure, Fantasy | TV Series ::: Connections -- 9 episodes -- Epic drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. Creators: Patrick McKay, John D. Payne Stars: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn
Emergence ::: TV-14 | 43min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Series (20192020) -- A police chief investigates a case involving a young child found near the site of a mysterious accident. Creators: Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas
Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) ::: 6.7/10 -- Unrated | 1h 15min | Animation, Action, Adventure | TV Movie 10 March -- Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron Poster Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team face off against a new supernatural threat, while Professor Bruttenholm (Sir John Hurt) must investigate the possible reemergence of a vampire he had slain decades prior. Directors: Victor Cook, Tad Stones Writers: Mike Mignola (based on the Dark Horse comic book "Hellboy" created by), Mike Mignola (story by) | 2 more credits
Longtime Companion (1989) ::: 7.6/10 -- R | 1h 36min | Drama, Romance | 1 May 1990 (Portugal) -- The emergence and devastation of the AIDS epidemic is chronicled in the lives of several gay men living during the 1980s. Director: Norman Ren Writer: Craig Lucas
Next ::: TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Series (2020) -- A former tech CEO joins an FBI Cybersecurity Agent to stop the emergence of a rogue Artificial Intelligence. Creator: Manny Coto
Split (2016) ::: 7.3/10 -- PG-13 | 1h 57min | Horror, Thriller | 20 January 2017 (USA) -- Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. Director: M. Night Shyamalan Writer:
Surface ::: TV-14 | 1h | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | TV Series (20052006) -- A marine biologist, an insurance salesman and a teen-aged boy find their lives fundamentally changed by the emergence of a new, and often dangerous, species of sea life, while government agents work to keep the affair under wraps. Creators:
Temple Grandin (2010) ::: 8.3/10 -- TV-PG | 1h 47min | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 6 February 2010 -- A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. Director: Mick Jackson Writers: Temple Grandin (based on the book: "Emergence"), Margaret Scariano (based on the book: "Emergence") | 3 more credits Stars:
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Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment -- -- Production IMS -- 1 ep -- Light novel -- Harem Romance Sci-Fi -- Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment Date A Live Movie: Mayuri Judgment -- War(Date), resumes. -- The peaceful days of Itsuka Shidou returned without having to save the Spirits from the relentless battle days. But, the peaceful days were interrupted by the emergence of a mysterious sphere emitting spiritual wave――as well as a mysterious girl who showed herself at the same time. What is her purpose of keeping an eye on Shidou……? The mission that had been entrusted to Shidou under the tense situation was, -- -- “Date all of the Spirits, and make them fall in love?!” -- -- ――With the fate of humanity at stake, the war(date) resumes! -- -- (Source: Date A Live Wiki) -- Movie - Aug 22, 2015 -- 148,796 7.35
Gakusen Toshi Asterisk -- -- A-1 Pictures -- 12 eps -- Light novel -- Action Comedy Ecchi Fantasy Harem Romance School Sci-Fi Supernatural -- Gakusen Toshi Asterisk Gakusen Toshi Asterisk -- In the previous century, an unprecedented disaster known as the Invertia drastically reformed the world. The powers of existing nations declined significantly, paving the way for a conglomerate called the Integrated Empire Foundation to assume control. But more importantly, the Invertia led to the emergence of a new species of humans who are born with phenomenal physical capabilities—the Genestella. Its elite are hand-picked across the globe to attend the top six schools, and they duel amongst themselves in entertainment battles called Festas. -- -- Ayato Amagiri is a scholarship transfer student at the prestigious Seidoukan Academy, which has recently been suffering from declining performances. Through a series of events, he accidentally sees the popular Witch of Resplendent Flames, Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, half-dressed! Enraged, Julis challenges him to a duel for intruding on her privacy. After said duel is voided by the student council president, Ayato reveals that he has no interest in Festas. Instead, he has enrolled in the academy to investigate the whereabouts of his missing elder sister. But when a more devious plot unravels, Ayato sets out to achieve victory, while being surrounded by some of the most talented Genestella on the planet. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Aniplex of America -- 507,111 6.88
God Eater -- -- ufotable -- 13 eps -- Game -- Action Fantasy Military Sci-Fi -- God Eater God Eater -- The year is 2071. Humanity has been pushed to the brink of extinction following the emergence of man-eating monsters called "Aragami" that boast an immunity to conventional weaponry. They ravaged the land, consuming almost everything in their path and leaving nothing in their wake. To combat them, an organization named Fenrir was formed as a last-ditch effort to save humanity through the use of "God Eaters"—special humans infused with Oracle cells, allowing them to wield the God Arc, the only known weapon capable of killing an Aragami. One such God Eater is Lenka Utsugi, a New-Type whose God Arc takes the form of both blade and gun. -- -- Now, as one of Fenrir's greatest weapons, Lenka must master his God Arc if he is to fulfill his desire of wiping out the Aragami once and for all. The monsters continue to be born en masse while the remnants of humanity struggle to survive the night. Only God Eaters stand between the Aragami and complete and total annihilation of the human race. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Aniplex of America -- 443,037 7.27
Koukaku Kidoutai: SAC_2045 -- -- Production I.G, Sola Digital Arts -- 12 eps -- Manga -- Action Military Sci-Fi Police Mecha Seinen -- Koukaku Kidoutai: SAC_2045 Koukaku Kidoutai: SAC_2045 -- The year is 2045, and artificial intelligence has undergone tremendous developments. Governments use them as weapons, engaging in never-ending warfare to sustain their economies. The mercenary group GHOST, headed by Major Motoko Kusanagi, is no stranger to this landscape. However, the rapid innovation of this technology causes a new threat to loom over the horizon. -- -- Having left Public Security Section 9, Kusanagi and her group are involved in many operations worldwide related to these proxy wars. But a seemingly simple job of locating an arms dealer drags GHOST into a hidden conflict against cybernetically enhanced individuals, who have inexplicably gained extreme intelligence and physical abilities. Dubbed "post-humans," their emergence sets off a chain of events leading to the reunion of Section 9. Armed with a new mission, it is up to Kusanagi and her reestablished team to prevent global chaos at the hands of these post-humans. -- -- ONA - Apr 23, 2020 -- 26,133 6.67
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz -- -- Sunrise -- 3 eps -- Original -- Action Drama Mecha Military Sci-Fi Space -- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz -- In the year After Colony 196, one year after the conclusion of the intergalactic civil war, a state of stasis prevails over the Earth and its colonies. Seeing no further use for their Gundam mobile suits, war heroes Duo Maxwell, Heero Yuy, Trowa Barton, and Quatre Raberba Winner decide to destroy these weapons by launching them into the sun's surface. -- -- Before the Gundam reach their destination, the universal peace is shattered by the emergence of Mariemaia Khushrenada—the only child of the former tyrannical aristocrat Treize. Mariemaia abducts diplomat Relena Peacecraft and announces plans to launch "Operation Meteor," with the intention of posthumously fulfilling Treize's world domination plot. -- -- With the help of former enemy Zechs Marquise and his mobile suit Tallgeese, the heroic pilots must reacquire their mobile suits to wage one final battle against the Khushrenada dynasty, including fighting against their former ally Wufei Chang, now aligning himself with Mariemaia's ambitions. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Bandai Entertainment -- OVA - Jan 25, 1997 -- 41,721 7.76
Sky Girls -- -- J.C.Staff -- 26 eps -- Original -- Mecha Military Sci-Fi -- Sky Girls Sky Girls -- In the near future, Earth is at war with aliens called Worms. The war leaves the population of Earth decimated, with young men the main casualties. The Worms were beaten back but their re-emergence heralds the creation of a mecha unit called the Sonic Divers, piloted by 3 young girls to counter this threat. -- TV - Jul 6, 2007 -- 21,726 7.02
Sky Girls OVA -- -- J.C.Staff -- 1 ep -- - -- Mecha Military Sci-Fi -- Sky Girls OVA Sky Girls OVA -- In the near future, Earth is at war with aliens called Worms. The war leaves the population of Earth decimated, with young men the main casualties. The Worms were beaten back but their re-emergence heralds the creation of a mecha unit called the Sonic Divers, piloted by 3 young girls to counter this threat. -- -- (Source: ANN) -- OVA - Aug 25, 2006 -- 6,733 6.63
SSSS.Gridman -- -- Trigger -- 12 eps -- Original -- Action Sci-Fi Mecha -- SSSS.Gridman SSSS.Gridman -- Yuuta Hibiki wakes up in the room of Rikka Takarada and notices two things: he has no memories, and he can hear a mysterious voice calling his name from a nearby room. On further inspection, he finds a robot—which introduces itself as Hyper Agent Gridman—behind the screen of an old computer. Much to Yuuta's surprise, Rikka cannot hear Gridman, nor can she see the ominous monsters looming over a thick fog as it envelopes the town outside. -- -- Another giant monster materializes in the city and proceeds to wreak havoc. Amidst the confusion, Yuuta is once again drawn to the old computer and merges with Gridman. Suddenly, he appears in the middle of the battle and is forced to fight the monster. Together with Rikka and fellow classmate Shou Utsumi, Yuuta forms the "Gridman Alliance" to defeat the monsters plaguing the city and find whoever is responsible for their emergence. -- -- -- Licensor: -- Funimation -- 213,180 7.17
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