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Author QuotedFrancois Rene Chateaubriand
Title QuotedVie de Rance
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/10/28
QuotationReading Chateaubriand's life of Rance. This too is a fascinating work of art. Beautiful in its aberrations. A kind of harmony and order in its eccentricities. Power of his imagination forming all this into a credible and acceptable world. And I can't help being moved, and remembering the spirit that was here at Gethsemani when I entered. A bit fantastic, manichaean perhaps, yet there was a certain rugged truth about it. Sure, there is another kind of truth here today.
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 152
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