If I had a message to my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success …. If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted. If a university concentrates on producing successful people, it is lamentably failing in its obligation to society and to the students themselves.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) French-American religious and writer [a.k.a. Fr. M. Louis]
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quoted in Kiefer, Thomas Merton: Monk, Poet, Spiritual Writer
Added on 26-Jul-07 | Last updated 26-Jul-07
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