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Author QuotedFrançois de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon
Title QuotedFenelon: Letters of Love and Counsel / Merton wrote introduction
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/03/03
ImprintNew York : Harcourt. Brace & World, 1964
QuotationYour letter reached me back in January and since then I have heard you are with us again. It is good to have you back, and I hope that everything is settling down well and that you are profitably busy with good books to publish. I look forward to seeing Fenelon come along later in the spring. One feels close to such a man. I am having something of the same kind of trouble since it is now absolutely impossible for me to open my mouth in public about the bomb or to write a word about it, against it. I suppose if I were writing for it "¦ I won't say that. But anyway, I am in trouble there, and it is galling, humbling, sickening and I suppose in the long run it is salutary. I often see how meaningless one's life can be, and one's work. The meaning is deep in the meaninglessness itself. But the meaning does not turn out to be very comforting either.
Quotation SourceThe Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 104
Letter toHelen Wolff
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