From Merton’s No Man is an Island

No Man is an Island is such a well written, wise book. Here’s just a few quotations:

p. 194 #7

Your idea of me is fabricated with and from yourself. What you think of me depends on what you think of yourself. Perhaps you create your idea of me out of material that you would eliminate from your own idea of yourself. Perhaps your idea of me is a reflection of what other people think of you. Or perhaps what you think of me is simply what you think, I think of you.

p. 195

The arguments of religious men are so often insincere and their insincerity is proportionate to their anger. Why do we get angry about what we believe? Because we do not really believe it. Or else what we pretend to be defending as the “truth” is really our own self-esteem. A man of sincerity is less interested in defending the truth than in stating it clearly, for he thinks that if the truth can be clearly seen it can very well take care of itself.

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