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Author QuotedSaint John of the Cross
Title Quotedcomplete works of Saint John of the Cross, doctor of the church / Saint John of the Cross ; transl. from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, and ed. by E. Allison Peers
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/09/10
ImprintWestminster. MD : The Newman Press, 1949
QuotationWent to Terrell Dickey about layouts for a postulant's pamphlet... He kept kidding me about wanting a modern layout. And gave me a huge magazine called Holiday all about South America written mostly by "that ass" V. S. Pritchett (Waugh called him that). So for all I know about it is that for Pritchett, South America is a "body blow." Well, for me too. Even the magazine is that. Reading John of the Cross again, fundamentals in the Ascent to avoid getting too many such body blows. "When you live by your eyes and ears as I do"¦" says Pritchett. Hungry for experiences, which is what he accused me of being.
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. 116
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