Love and Living, Merton. First paragraph:
Life consists in learning to live on one's own, spontaneous, freewheeling: to do this one must recognize what is one's own--be familiar and at home with oneself. This means basically learning who one is, and learning what one has to offer to the contemporary world, and then learning how to make that offering valid.
Merton pushes his social concerns a bit much in the middle third of the book, but he's writing during the atomic, assured destruction era, so some of it is understandable. However, here are some gems:
"The summons to change, to man's creative self-realization and development in the spirit, as a child of God whom the truth shall make free, is a summons to permanent newness of life."
"All through the New Testament we find the explicit contrast between a mere interior religiosity, abstract, mental, and intentional, or even purely a matter of fantasy, and that love which, in uniting man to his brother of flesh and blood, thereby also unites him to the truth in God."
"Christianity is not merely a religious system which attempts to explain evil; it is a life of dynamic love which forgives evil and, by forgiving, enables love to transform evil into good. The dynamic of Christian love is a dynamic of forgiveness...."