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Thomas Merton
(1915-1968) born on
Jan 31
French monk, poet. He was a prolific Roman Catholic writer on spiritual and social themes, one of the most important American Roman Catholic writers of the 20th century.
The least work of learning is done in the classroom.

Technology is not in itself opposed to spirituality and to religion. But it presents a great temptation.
October is a fine and dangerous season in America. . . . a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful.
The monk in hiding himself from the world becomes not less than himself, not less of a person, but more of a person, more truly and perfectly himself: for his personality and individuality are perfected in their true order, the spiritual, interior order.
Power always protects the good of some at the expense of all others.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, 1968
A: Recalled on his death 10 Dec 68
N: The Seven Storey Mountain, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1948), describing Merton's impressions following his first visit to the Trappist monastery which he later joined.
K: Faith and Violence, 1968

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