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Author QuotedEmmanuel Mounier
Title QuotedPersonalism
Date (Year/Month/Day)1956/08/17
ImprintLondon : Routledge & Paul. 1952
QuotationThe toughness and integrity of Emmanuel Mounier [Note 7: Emmanuel Mounier (1905-1950) was a French philosopher, resistance fighter, and founder of the journal Esprit. Merton was reading his Personalism (London: Routledge & Paul, 1952).] demands careful attention. Maybe of all of the men of our time he is the one we need most to understand and imitate. He is clever and hard with words. You cannot be comfortable with his language unless you think along with it, which is not all that easy. Hence he will make almost everyone uncomfortable-assuming they even listen to him at all.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 66
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