One of the greatest obstacles to your growing is the fear of making a fool of yourself. Any real step forward implies the risk of failure. And the really important steps imply the risk of complete failure. Yet we must make them, trusting in Christ. If I take this step, everything I have done so far might go down the drain. In a situation like that we need a shot of Buddhist mentality. Then we see, down what drain? So what? . . . We have to have the courage to make fools of ourselves, and at the same time be awfully careful not to make fools of ourselves.
— Thomas Merton quoted in Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley