Quotation by Thomas Merton

I am ... willing to admit that some people might live there for years, or even a lifetime, so protected that they never sense the sweet stench of corruption that is all around them—the keen, thin scent of decay that pervades everything and accuses with a terrible accusation the superficial youthfulness, the abounding undergraduate noise, that fills those ancient buildings.
Thomas Merton (1915–1968), U.S. religious writer, poet. The Seven Storey Mountain, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1948).

Describing his undergraduate days.
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