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306 Inspiring Quotes by Saint Augustine

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Wikipedia Summary for Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo (Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis; 13 November 354 – 28 August 430), also known as Saint Augustine, was a theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa. His writings influenced the development of Western philosophy and Western Christianity, and he is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers of the Latin Church in the Patristic Period. His many important works include The City of God, On Christian Doctrine, and Confessions.

According to his contemporary, Jerome, Augustine "established anew the ancient Faith". In his youth he was drawn to the major Persian religion, Manichaeism, and later to Neoplatonism. After his conversion to Christianity and baptism in 386, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and perspectives. Believing the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, he helped formulate the doctrine of original sin and made significant contributions to the development of just war theory. When the Western Roman Empire began to disintegrate, Augustine imagined the Church as a spiritual City of God, distinct from the material Earthly City. His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. The segment of the Church that adhered to the concept of the Trinity as defined by the Council of Nicaea and the Council of Constantinople closely identified with Augustine's On the Trinity.

Augustine is recognized as a saint in the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion. He is also a preeminent Catholic Doctor of the Church and the patron of the Augustinians. His memorial is celebrated on 28 August, the day of his death. Augustine is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, and a number of cities and dioceses. Many Protestants, especially Calvinists and Lutherans, consider him one of the theological fathers of the Protestant Reformation due to his teachings on salvation and divine grace. Protestant Reformers generally, and Martin Luther in particular, held Augustine in preeminence among early Church Fathers. Luther was, from 1505 to 1521, a member of the Order of the Augustinian Eremites.

In the East, his teachings are more disputed and were notably attacked by John Romanides. But other theologians and figures of the Eastern Orthodox Church have shown significant approbation of his writings, chiefly Georges Florovsky. The most controversial doctrine associated with him, the filioque, was rejected by the Orthodox Church. Other disputed teachings include his views on original sin, the doctrine of grace, and predestination. Nevertheless, though considered to be mistaken on some points, he is still considered a saint and has influenced some Eastern Church Fathers, most notably Gregory Palamas. In the Orthodox Church his feast day is celebrated on 15 June. The historian Diarmaid MacCulloch has written: "Augustine's impact on Western Christian thought can hardly be overstated; only his beloved example, Paul of Tarsus, has been more influential, and Westerners have generally seen Paul through Augustine's eyes."

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It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself?

--Augustine of Hippo

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He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.

--Augustine of Hippo

Longer Version:

Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one's flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.





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Just think of the illimitable abundance and the marvelous loveliness of light, or of the beauty of the sun and moon and stars.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Peace in society depends upon peace in the family.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Poetry is devil's wine.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Our life is a gymnasium of desire.... When Christians say "God," what do we wish to express? This word is all that we yearn for.

--Augustine of Hippo

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One generation and another generation; the generation by which we are made the faithful, and are born again by baptism; the generation by which we shall rise again from the dead, and shall live with the Angels for ever.

--Augustine of Hippo

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If you are suffering from a bad man's injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.

--Augustine of Hippo

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You don't love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers.

--Augustine of Hippo

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What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.

--Augustine of Hippo

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For what is the self complacent man but a slave to his own self-praise.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, 'Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.'

--Augustine of Hippo

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Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive.

--Augustine of Hippo


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For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: "And the angel that spoke in me, said to me...' He does not say, 'Spoke to me' but 'Spoke in me'."

--Augustine of Hippo


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Thus I remained to myself an unhappy lodging where I could neither stay nor leave.
For where could my heart fly from my heart? Where could I fly from my own self?

--Augustine of Hippo

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You have enemies. For who can live on this earth without them? Take heed to yourselves: love them. In no way can your enemy so hurt you by his violence, as you hurt yourself if you love him not.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.

--Augustine of Hippo


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When I seek you, my God, I seek a blessed life. I shall seek you, so that my soul may live.

--Augustine of Hippo

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My mother spoke of Christ to my father, by her feminine and childlike virtues, and, after having borne his violence without a murmur or complaint, gained him at the close of his life to Christ.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Let him who desires to be harsh in making demands upon his debtors consider that he is God's debtor.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?

--Augustine of Hippo



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Why is it that man desires to be made sad, beholding doleful and tragical things, which yet himself would by no means suffer?

--Augustine of Hippo

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Every infinity... is made finite to God.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The Sacraments are the salvation of those who use them rightly, and the damnation of those who misuse them.

--Augustine of Hippo

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A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the seas. This is the time to awaken Christ and let Him remind you of these words.

--Augustine of Hippo


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It is not with respect to our convenience or discomfort, but with respect to their own nature that the creatures are glorifying to their Artificer.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

--Augustine of Hippo



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The good Christian should beware of mathematicians. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.

--Augustine of Hippo

Longer Version:

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.


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I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me.

--Augustine of Hippo

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I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!

--Augustine of Hippo



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Hell was made for the inquisitive.

--Augustine of Hippo

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He indeed possesses the Character imposed on him, but he wanders as a renegade.

--Augustine of Hippo


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We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.

--Augustine of Hippo


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I entered (into my inward self) and beheld with the eye of my soul...the Light Unchangeable.

--Augustine of Hippo

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He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it.

--Augustine of Hippo


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What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

--Augustine of Hippo


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Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

--Augustine of Hippo

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No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility.

--Augustine of Hippo

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By the fall a poison was handed to mankind through a woman Eve, by the Redemption man was given salvation also through a woman Mary.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world is not only that we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so. Our very nature requires it of us.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God gives where he finds empty hands.

--Augustine of Hippo


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O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

--Augustine of Hippo

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His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Our rewards in heaven are a result of God's crowning His own gifts.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Learn to dance, so when you get to heaven the angels know what to do with you.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Salvation is God's way of making us real people.

--Augustine of Hippo


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If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God's love is unconditional. Be sure that yours is too!

--Augustine of Hippo

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Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace .

--Augustine of Hippo


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Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Believe that you may understand.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Do you who are a Christian desire to be revenged and vindicated, and the death of Jesus Christ has not yet been revenged, nor His innocence vindicated?

--Augustine of Hippo

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God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

--Augustine of Hippo

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It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.

--Augustine of Hippo


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The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before.

--Augustine of Hippo

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I fell away from you, my God, and I went astray, too far astray from you, the support of my youth, and I became to myself a land of want.

--Augustine of Hippo

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

--Augustine of Hippo


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What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!

--Augustine of Hippo


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Because a thing is eloquently expressed it should not be taken to be as necessarily true; nor because it is uttered with stammering lips should it be supposed false.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.

--Augustine of Hippo



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The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not such things as your law has to tell.

--Augustine of Hippo


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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation.

--Augustine of Hippo


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So if you can manage it, you shouldn't touch your partner, except for the sake of having children.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God's faithful servant has no desire for people to say or to give to him, or what he likes to hear or see, for his first and greatest aim is to hear what is most pleasing to God.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Imagine the vanity of thinking that your enemy can do you more damage than your enmity.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Truth is not private property.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that neither may your wisdom be with pride, nor your humility without wisdom.

--Augustine of Hippo



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I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.

--Augustine of Hippo

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He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but- what is worse -- the slave of as many masters as he has vices.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Punishment is justice for the unjust.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Love, and do what you like.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Eternity is the now that does not pass away.

--Augustine of Hippo



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All diseases of Christians are to be ascribed to demons; chiefly do they torment freshly-baptized Christians, yea, even the guiltless new-born infants.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Nothing, therefore, happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen. He either permits it to happen, or He brings it about Himself.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

--Augustine of Hippo

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To my God a heart of flame; To my fellow man a heart of love; To myself a heart of steel.

--Augustine of Hippo

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There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel.

--Augustine of Hippo



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And I entered and beheld with the eye of my soul... the Light Unchangeable... He that knows the Truth, knows what that Light is; and he that knows It, knows Eternity.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The one who sings, prays twice.

--Augustine of Hippo

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If But for the Mercy of my Lord, that my paradise becomes a woman's hell.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God without us will not as we without God cannot.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Unjust laws aren't laws at all.

--Augustine of Hippo



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The greatest evil is physical pain.

--Augustine of Hippo

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It is not earthly riches which make us or our sons happy; for they must either be lost by us in our lifetime, or be possessed when we are dead, by whom we know not, or perhaps by whom we would not.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.

--Augustine of Hippo

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When I come to be united to thee with all my being, then there will be no more pain and toil for me, and my life shall be a real life, being wholly filled by thee.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Our heart is restless until it rests in You.

--Augustine of Hippo

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If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide?

--Augustine of Hippo


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Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.

--Augustine of Hippo

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To sing is to pray twice.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

--Augustine of Hippo

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He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed.

--Augustine of Hippo

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O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

--Augustine of Hippo

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In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Let our lives be good, and the times are good. We make our times; such as we are, such are the times.

--Augustine of Hippo


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No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

--Augustine of Hippo


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The argument is at an end.

--Augustine of Hippo


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God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Custom is second nature.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator.

--Augustine of Hippo

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It is better that the truth be known than that scandal be covered up.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.

--Augustine of Hippo


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The Gods occupy the loftiest regions, men the lowest, the demons the middle region...They have immortality of body, but passions of the mind in common with men.

--Augustine of Hippo

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We made bad use of immortality, and so ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up living.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.

--Augustine of Hippo

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For a sentence is not complete unless each word, once its syllables have been pronounced, gives way to make room for the next.

--Augustine of Hippo



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It is the function of perfection to make one know one's imperfection.

--Augustine of Hippo

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It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The entire most beautiful order of things that are very good, when their measures have been accomplished, is to pass away.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The arrogance is not greatness but swelling; and the swelling seems big but it's not healthy.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.

--Augustine of Hippo

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To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Let us sing a new song, not with our lips, but with our lives.

--Augustine of Hippo



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We do not sin when we adore Christ in the Eucharist; we do sin when we do not adore Christ in the Eucharist.

--Augustine of Hippo

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In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners.

--Augustine of Hippo



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The Old (Testament) is in the New (Testament) revealed, the New is in the Old concealed.

--Augustine of Hippo

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This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.

--Augustine of Hippo

Longer Version:

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.




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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

--Augustine of Hippo

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I once laboured hard for the free will of man, until the grace of God at length overcame me.

--Augustine of Hippo


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What is held by the whole Church, and that not as instituted by Councils, but as a matter of invariable custom, is rightly held to have been handed down by authority.

--Augustine of Hippo

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It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Grant what Thou commandest, and command what Thou wilt.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Ninety percent of the time things turn out worse than you thought they would. The other ten percent of the time you had no right to expect that much.

--Augustine of Hippo

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I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Charity is the root of all good works.

--Augustine of Hippo



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I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.

--Augustine of Hippo

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In what is necessary, unity; in what is not necessary, liberty and in all things charity.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God.

--Augustine of Hippo



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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Wicked sons do not have the Holy Ghost in the same way as do beloved sons, and yet they do have Baptism. So, too, heretics do not have the Church as Catholics have, even though they have Baptism.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Indifferent acts are judged by their ends sins are judged by themselves.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.

--Augustine of Hippo

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What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice.

--Augustine of Hippo

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For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil, since while doing away with evils it would do away with many good things, which would hinder the advance of the common good.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you.

--Augustine of Hippo

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By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.

--Augustine of Hippo

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It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.

--Augustine of Hippo

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What is time? If I am not asked, I know; if I am asked, I don't.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Blessed is he who devotes his life to great and noble ends, and who forms his well-considered plans with deliberate wisdom.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.

--Augustine of Hippo


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The dove loves when it quarrels; the wolf hates when it flatters.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

--Augustine of Hippo

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There is something in humility which, strangely enough, exalts the heart, and something in pride which debases it.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Love can be angry... with a kind of anger in which there is no gall, like the dove's and not the ravens.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Hell was made for the inquisitive.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness.

--Augustine of Hippo

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The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Between urine and filth we are born.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Love, and do what you will. If you keep silence, do it out of love. If you cry out, do it out of love. If you refrain from punishing, do it out of love.

--Augustine of Hippo


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It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.

--Augustine of Hippo

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God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good.

--Augustine of Hippo


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When God is our strength, it is strength indeed; when our strength is our own, it is only weakness.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Don't go outside; get back to yourself, in the inner man lies the Truth.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Who would not shudder if he were given the choice of eternal death or life again as a child? Who would not choose to die?

--Augustine of Hippo


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He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.

--Augustine of Hippo

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To seek the highest good is to live well.

--Augustine of Hippo

Longer Version:

To seek the greatest good is to live well, and to live well is nothing other than to love God with the whole heart, the whole soul, and the whole mind: It is therefore obvious that this love must be kept whole and uncorrupt, that is temperance; it should not be overcome with difficulties, that is fortitude, it must not be subservient to anything else, that is justice; it must discriminate among things so as not to be deceived by falsity or fraud, that is prudence.


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The customs of God's people and the institutions of our ancestors are to be considered as laws. And those who throw contempt on the customs of the Church ought to be punished as those who disobey the law of God.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct.

--Augustine of Hippo

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And he departed from our sight that we might return to our hearts and find him there. For he left us, and behold, he is here.

--Augustine of Hippo



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Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

--Augustine of Hippo

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All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self; the heavenly by the love of God.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.

--Augustine of Hippo


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Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.

--Augustine of Hippo

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You never depart from us, but yet, only with difficulties do we return to You.

--Augustine of Hippo



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He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.

--Augustine of Hippo



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For where I found Truth, there found I my God, the Truth itself; which since I learnt, I have not forgotten.

--Augustine of Hippo

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This world's a bubble.

--Augustine of Hippo

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Any woman who does not give birth to as many children as she is capable is guilty of murder.

--Augustine of Hippo

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