Quotation by Thomas Merton

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, of union with God, the principle of all perfection.
Thomas Merton (1915–1968), U.S. religious writer, poet. The Seven Story Mountain, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1948).

Describing Merton's impressions following his first visit to the Trappist monastery which he later joined.
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