Saint Augustine Quotes
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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man’s wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
The greatest evil is physical pain.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.
This world’s a bubble.
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
Hear the other side.
Custom is second nature.
If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?
The verdict of the world is conclusive.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
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.
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed… And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
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.
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.
The purpose of all wars, is peace.
We cannot pass our guardian angel’s bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
There is no possible source of evil except good.
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.
God is best known in not knowing him.
I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
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.
The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?
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.
Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.
Love, and do what you like.
Don’t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.
He who labours, prays.
The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.
It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.
God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
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.
To seek the highest good is to live well.
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.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.
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.
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.
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
He that is jealous is not in love.
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.
Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
Punishment is justice for the unjust.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
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