Thomas Merton — American Author born on January 31, 1915, died on December 10, 1968

Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis... (wikipedia)

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.