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Author QuotedMark Van Doren
Title QuotedAutobiography of Mark Van Doren
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/10/12
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1958
QuotationThen on Friday Mark Van Doren's autobiography came and I have begun it, getting with him as far now as the army in World War I and the Negroes. The world of Illinois and of his childhood is very much the same as the world all around us and yet I suddenly find it hard to believe in such peace and such security. That only means that I have finally realized such peace and security have never been normal for mankind as a whole. They have existed, but as an anomaly. But they should be normal.
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. 223
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