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js asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 10 years ago

Who said the following quote?

"I always don't know the right thing to do,

Lord, but I think

the fact that I want to please you pleases you."

I first heard it from the tv show The West Wing. However Leo is quoting someone else. Does anyone know who the original person to say this? I've heard it is a monk.


Thank you!! I love Thomas Merton. I've read a his auto-biography (The Seven Storey Mountain) and loved it. I'll definitely have to check out Thoughts in Solitude. Thank you very much!

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  • 10 years ago
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    The monk was Thomas Merton that was in Kentucky that was of the Trappist order. He was thought as a contemporary monk that was alive in the 20th century.

    The quote is located in the Thoughts in Solitude, Part Two, Chapter II that contains fifteen lines that is regarded as the Merton Prayer. The full text of the Merton Prayer is:

    “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

    I do not see the road ahead of me

    I cannot know for certain where it will end.

    Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so.

    But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

    And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

    Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

    This was written by him during a hard and dark period of time in his life, so he composed that prayer that was helpful for those in need of hope or with difficulty.

    Hope I helped:D

  • 10 years ago

    It's from The Merton Prayer, from a man name Thomas Merton - a monk.

    I hope I helped.

  • 5 years ago

    ~~~ dan,,, I critically consider it was once one of the most Great American Indian Chiefs,,, however I can let you know from individual enjoy that once I was once a boy I heard a few Hawaiian Elders paraphrase your quote making use of unflattering epithets. ~ Namaste`

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