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Author QuotedAntonin Gilbert Sertillanges
Title QuotedVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodes
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/02/20
ImprintParis : La Revue des Jeunes. 1944
QuotationMore pages in Sertillanges that made me laugh"”the ones about getting up in the middle of the night to scribble down the ideas that come to you. I'd hate to put down any of the notions that occur to me when I wake up in the middle of the night. Sertillanges is definitely not my tempo, and yet he has very good stuff about organizing one's work. Reflecting on my own position"”I have exactly the two hours minimum a day which he calls a minimum. These I have, I mean, for writing. I have other time for reading and prayer. In those two hours I have to take care also of correspondence, duties of charity (reading mss.) or obedience, proofs, contracts, photos for illustrations, talk to the printer on occasion, and order books, and resist the temptation to read catalogs and scraps of magazines"¦
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 283
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