Saint Augustine

Born: November 13, 354

Die: August 28, 430

Occupation: Saint

Quotes of Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Thy word remaineth for ever, which word now appeareth unto us in the riddle of the clouds, and through the mirror of the heavens, not as it is: because that even we, though the well beloved of thy Son,...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Doubt is but another element of faith.

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The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.

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Solvitur ambulando . . . it is solved by walking.

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Was it for my good that the rein was laid loose, as it were, upon me, for me to sin? or was it not laid loose? If not, why does it still echo in our ears on all sides, "Let him alone, let him do as he...

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The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.

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To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

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God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.

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People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by...

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I believe in order to understand

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What then, is correctness of speech but the maintenance of the practice of others, as established by the authority of ancient speakers? But the weaker men are, the more they are troubled by such matters....

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Yet we must say something when those who say the most are saying nothing.

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You are surprised that the world is losing its grip? That the world is grown old? Don't hold onto the old man, the world; don't refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you: 'The world is passing...

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Do you know who the upright of heart are? They are those who wish what God wishes. Therefore, do not try to twist God's will to you own but correct your will to that of God. The will of God is a rule of...

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Saint Augustine

Seek not abroad, for in the inner man dwells the truth.

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Saint Augustine

Hope has two lovely daughters, anger and courage.

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To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world; war, siege, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They...

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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.

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Saint Augustine

The heart of man is restless until he finds rest in Thee.

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There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is,...

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True happiness is to rejoice in the truth, for to rejoice in the truth is to rejoice in You, O God, who are the truth... Those who think that there is another kind of happiness look for joy elsewhere,...

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Oh, God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul's joy and delight. Guard me with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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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...

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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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

Love is the beauty of the soul.

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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.

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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

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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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Saint Augustine

He that is jealous is not in love.

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Patience is the companion of wisdom.

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

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God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

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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.

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Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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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.

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Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.

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Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

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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...

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

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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...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

The greatest evil is physical pain.

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Saint Augustine

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.

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There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

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Saint Augustine

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

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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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.

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Saint Augustine

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

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

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Saint Augustine

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

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We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.

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Saint Augustine

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

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Saint Augustine

The purpose of all wars, is peace.

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

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Saint Augustine

God is best known in not knowing him.

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Saint Augustine

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.

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Saint Augustine

I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

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Saint Augustine

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?

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Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.

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Saint Augustine

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.

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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.

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Saint Augustine

Custom is second nature.

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.

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Saint Augustine

To seek the highest good is to live well.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

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Saint Augustine

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.

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Saint Augustine

There is no possible source of evil except good.

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Saint Augustine

This world's a bubble.

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Men go forth to wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the ocean, the course of the stars-and forget to wonder at themselves. Beware of despairing about yourself:...

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Saint Augustine

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

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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.

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Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says For the woman I love and the second, For my best friend.

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The true religion has always been one from the beginning, and will always be the same.

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So you see how endlessly futile and fruitless it would be if we wanted to refute their objections every time they obstinately resolved not to think through what they say but merely to speak, just so long...

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Now the Apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says, "Knowledge inflates: but love edifies." The only correct inerpretation of this saying is that knowledge is valuable when charity informs...

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Sin is looking for the right thing in the wrong place.

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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.

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Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.

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Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try...

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Saint Augustine

Not to give to those in need what is to you superfluous is akin to fraud.

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Saint Augustine

Modo, et modo, non habebent modum. By-and-by has no end.

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Saint Augustine

Make friends with angels.

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Saint Augustine

In the house of God there is never ending festival; the angel choir makes eternal holiday; the presence of God's face gives joy that never fails.

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By means of corporal and temporal things we may comprehend the eternal and the spiritual.

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He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms that it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near, but rather he who, whether it be far off or near, awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast...

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O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; open the ears of my heart and say to my soul, I am your salvation....

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Saint Augustine

The Heavenly City outshines Rome beyond comparison. There, instead of victory, is truth; instead of high rank, holiness; instead of peace, felicity; instead of life, eternity,

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Saint Augustine

Believe that you may understand,

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Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls.

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It is not that we keep His commandments first and that then He loves but that He loves us and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace which is revealed to the humble but hidden from the proud.

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Saint Augustine

Peace in society depends upon peace in the family.

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Saint Augustine

We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone

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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.

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Saint Augustine

You say to me 'Show me your God.' I answer you, 'Everything you see in your heart that might sadden God, remove.'

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Saint Augustine

We both exist and know that we exist, and rejoice in this knowledge.

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Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in...

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Teach correctly... Find delight in contemplation.

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

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God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist.

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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.

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He who made thee is made in thee. He is made in thee through whom you were made.... Give milk, O mother, to him who is our food; give milk to the bread that comes down from heaven.

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"Give us this day our daily bread," by "this day" we mean "at this time," when we either ask for that sufficiency, signifying the whole of our need under the name of bread, which is the outstanding part...

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Saint Augustine

Although God is all powerful, He is unable to give more; though supremely wise, He knows not how to give more; though vastly rich, He has not more to give.

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Saint Augustine

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

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God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.

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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.

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For so it is, O Lord my God, I measure it! But what it is I measure, I do not know.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds.

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Saint Augustine

Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul's beauty.

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Saint Augustine

I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving.

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Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late have I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you.

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Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers. Thus you will ever burn with fraternal love, both for him who is already your brother...

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God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.

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We enjoy some gratification when our good friends die; for though their death leaves us in sorrow, we have the consolatory assurance that they are beyond the ills by which in this life even the best of...

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I was unhappy and so is every soul unhappy which is tied to its love for mortal things; when it loses them, it is torn in pieces, and it is then that it comes to realize the unhappiness which was there...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

Six is a number perfect in itself, and not because God created the world in six days; rather the contrary is true. God created the world in six days because this number is perfect, and it would remain...

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Saint Augustine

I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.

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Saint Augustine

Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor.

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Saint Augustine

A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot

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The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine...

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Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent.

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Saint Augustine

The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.

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We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress.We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If...

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It’s not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds.

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A brotherly person rejoices on my account when he approves me, but when he disapproves, he is loving me. To such people I will reveal myself. They will take heart from my good traits, and sigh with sadness...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

All the dancer's gestures are signs of things, and the dance called rational, because it aptly signifies and displays something over and above the pleasure of the senses.

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Saint Augustine

We come to God by love and not by navigation.

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Saint Augustine

Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee.

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Saint Augustine

An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold...

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Saint Augustine

Attract them by the way you live.

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Saint Augustine

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

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There is no health in those who are displeased by an element in Your creation, just as there was none in me when I was displeased by many things You had made. Because my soul didn't dare to say that my...

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Saint Augustine

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will...

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The argument is at an end.

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

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In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning.

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Saint Augustine

Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.

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Saint Augustine

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

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Saint Augustine

He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.

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Saint Augustine

Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct,...

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

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Saint Augustine

Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained.

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Saint Augustine

The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.

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Saint Augustine

Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.

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God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one; but we are not always ready to...

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Saint Augustine

The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them.

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Saint Augustine

I was in love with loving.

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I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition...

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Saint Augustine

Men go forth to marvel at the height of mountains, and the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the vastness of the ocean, the orbits of the stars, and yet they neglect to marvel at themselves....

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You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.

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You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.

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Saint Augustine

The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance. The mind commands the hand to move, and it so easy that one hardly distinguishes the order from its execution....

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Saint Augustine

The soul is "torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity.

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Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.

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Your best servant is the person who does not attend so much to hearing what he himself wants as to willing what he has heard from you.

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Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of.

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Saint Augustine

Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I'm in misery.

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When the king asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: The same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and...

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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...They are set up on the course of their existence, and the faster they climb...

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AugustineThe wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. To love with sternness is better than to deceive with gentleness.... In Luke [14:23] it is written: "Compel people to come in!" By...

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Saint Augustine

When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil.

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Saint Augustine

There is no salvation outside the church.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men.

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Saint Augustine

Nothing so casts down the manly mind from it's height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state.

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Who can control this when its appetite is aroused? No one! In the very movement of this appetite, then, it has no "mode" that responds to the decisions of the will ... Yet what he wishes he cannot accomplish...

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As to the fable that there are Antipodes, that is to say, men on the opposite side of the earth where the sun rises when it sets to us, men who walk with their feet opposite ours, that is on no ground...

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It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because...

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Saint Augustine

Poetry is devil's wine.

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Saint Augustine

Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.

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Moreover, from the time when He said, 'Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven;' and again, 'He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it; ' no...

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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...

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Saint Augustine

What the universal Church holds, not as instituted [invented] by councils but as something always held, is most correctly believed to have been handed down by apostolic authority. Since others respond...

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Saint Augustine

The custom of Mother Church in baptizing infants is certainly not to be scorned, nor is it to be regarded in any way as superfluous, nor is it to be believed that its tradition is anything except apostolic.

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Saint Augustine

Cyprian was not issuing a new decree but was keeping to the most solid belief of the Church in order to correct some who thought that infants ought not be baptized before the eighth day after their birth....

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Saint Augustine

Consequently, heretics and schismatics, separated from the unity of this Body, are able to receive the same Sacrament, but with no benefit to themselves; indeed, more to their own harm, in that they are...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

It is better to be cured in the Church than to be cut off from this Body as incurable ... for, as long as the member is still attached to the Body, his cure is not beyond hope, but when he has been cut...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

I do not doubt that all those who have received Baptism anywhere and from whomever do have Baptism, as long as it was consecrated with the words of the Gospel and they received it without pretence on their...

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Saint Augustine

It is said that there is no salvation outside the Church. Who denies this? And therefore whatever things of the Church are had outside the Church do not avail unto salvation.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

What is more insane than to be partakers of the Sacraments of the Lord and not partakers of the words of the Lord? These men truly have to say: "In Thy Name we have eaten and drunk," and they will have...

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Saint Augustine

Although among heretics and schismatics there is the same Baptism, nevertheless, the remission of sins is not operative among them because of the very rottenness of discord and wickedness of dissension...

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Saint Augustine

Baptism does not profit a man outside unity with the Church ... For many heretics also possess this Sacrament but not the fruits of salvation ... The benefits which flow from Baptism are necessarily fruits...

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Saint Augustine

I err therefore I am.

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Saint Augustine

Heretics think false things about God and call it their faith.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual...

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Saint Augustine

The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.

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Saint Augustine

No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility

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Saint Augustine

There never can have been, and never can be, and there never shall be any sin without pride.

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Saint Augustine

You cannot attain to charity except through humility.

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Saint Augustine

I make bold to say that it is profitable for the proud to fall, in order that they may be humbled in that for which they have exalted themselves.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

The law detects, grace alone conquers sin.

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Saint Augustine

For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.

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Saint Augustine

What are kingdoms without justice? They're just gangs of bandits.

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Saint Augustine

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every man that only Christ can fill.

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Saint Augustine

Love is ever new because it never groweth old.

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Saint Augustine

O Master, make me chaste, but not yet!

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Saint Augustine

Father, I am seeking: I am hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me.

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Saint Augustine

As to those other things which we hold on the authority, not of Scripture, but of tradition, and which are observed throughout the whole world, it may be understood that they are held as approved and instituted...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

The mere change of custom, even though it may be of advantage in some respects, unsettles men by reason of the novelty: therefore, if it brings no advantage, it does much harm by unprofitably disturbing...

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Saint Augustine

Let the Lord your God be your hope – seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope...

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Saint Augustine

That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and...

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Saint Augustine

Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter, but all of them before that last and strictest judgment. But not all who suffer temporal...

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Saint Augustine

It was in His flesh that Christ walked among us and it is His flesh that He has given us to eat for our salvation; but no one eats of this flesh without having first adored it . . . and not only do we...

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Saint Augustine

It is this one Spirit who makes it possible for an infant to be regenerated . . . when that infant is brought to baptism; and it is through this one Spirit that the infant so presented is reborn. For it...

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Saint Augustine

Such then in number and importance are the precious ties belonging to the Christian name which keep a believer in the Catholic Church, as it is right they should ... With you, where there is none of these...

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Saint Augustine

And so, lastly, does the very name of "Catholic", which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger...

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Saint Augustine

In the Catholic Church, there are many other things which most justly keep me in her bosom. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me in the Church; so does her authority, inaugurated by miracles, nourished...

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Saint Augustine

There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church.

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Saint Augustine

What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that the bread is the body of Christ and the chalice is the blood of Christ....

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Saint Augustine

The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.

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Saint Augustine

If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love.

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Saint Augustine

Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth.

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Saint Augustine

Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you.

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Saint Augustine

Singing is a lover's thing.

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Saint Augustine

The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly...

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Saint Augustine

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."

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Saint Augustine

When I am completely united to You, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full of You, my life will be complete.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by.

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Saint Augustine

Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.

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Saint Augustine

He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much.

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Saint Augustine

Longing desire prayeth always, though the tongue be silent. If thou art ever longing, thou art ever praying.

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Saint Augustine

Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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?

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Saint Augustine

O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will.

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Saint Augustine

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!

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that...

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Saint Augustine

Anger is a weed; hate is a tree

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Saint Augustine

Temperance is love surrendering itself wholly to Him who is its object; courage is love bearing all things gladly for the sake of Him who is its object; justice is love serving only Him who is its object,...

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Saint Augustine

You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.

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Saint Augustine

There can only be two basic loves... the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God.

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Saint Augustine

The Church even now is the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of heaven. Accordingly, even now His saints reign with Him, though otherwise than as they shall reign hereafter; and yet, though the tares grow...

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Saint Augustine

A Christian man is on his guard with respect to those who philosophize according to the elements of this world, not according to God, by Whom the world itself was made; for he is warned by the precept...

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Saint Augustine

The Lord says, 'Whoever has, to him shall be given' (Mt. 13:12). He will give, then, to those who have; that is to say, if they use freely and cheerfully what they have received, He will add to and perfect...

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Saint Augustine

Far be it from us to doubt that all number is known to Him 'Whose understanding is infinite' (Ps. 147:5). The infinity of number, though there be no numbering of infinite numbers, is yet not incomprehensible...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

The flesh does not by its own virtue purify, but is purified by virtue of the Word by which it was assumed, when 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us' (Jn. 1:14).

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Saint Augustine

... at the beginning of the human race the woman was made of a rib taken from the side of the man while he slept; for it seemed fit that even then Christ and His Church should be foreshadowed in this event....

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Saint Augustine

Our Lord reserved to Himself certain things which He would do in due time in a manner outside the course and order of nature, so that they would wonder and be astonished at seeing not great but unusual...

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Saint Augustine

A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing.

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Saint Augustine

The one who sings, prays twice.

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Saint Augustine

By and by never comes.

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Saint Augustine

If you understood him, it would not be God.

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Saint Augustine

When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace.

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Saint Augustine

I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within

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Saint Augustine

Narrow is the mansion of my soul; enlarge Thou it, that Thou mayest enter in. It is ruinous; repair Thou it. It has that within which must offend Thine eyes; I confess and know it. But who shall cleanse...

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Saint Augustine

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 ?

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Saint Augustine

For if it is not lawful to take the law into our own hands and slay even a guilty person, whose death no public sentence has warranted. Then certainly he who kills himself is a homicide, and so much the...

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Saint Augustine

In no passage of the holy canonical books there can be found either divine precept or permission to take away our own life, whether for the sake of entering on the enjoyment of immortality, or of shunning,...

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Saint Augustine

God gives where he finds empty hands.

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Saint Augustine

He who devoutly hears holy Mass will receive a great vigor to enable him to resist mortal sin, and there shall be pardoned to him all venial sins which he may have committed up to that hour.

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Saint Augustine

Our whole business in this Life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.

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Saint Augustine

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.

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Saint Augustine

Cantare amantis est ... Singing belongs to one who loves." (s. 336, 1 – PL 38, 1472).

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Saint Augustine

I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering.

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Saint Augustine

Try to acquire the virtues you believe lacking in your brothers. Then you will no longer see their defects, for you will no longer have them yourself.

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Saint Augustine

Lord, thou madest us for thyself, and we can find no rest till we find rest in thee.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not himself, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.

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Saint Augustine

Never judge a philosophy by its abuse.

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Saint Augustine

What do I love when I love my God?

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.

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Saint Augustine

He who created you without you will not justify you without you.

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Saint Augustine

Consequently, if the republic is the weal of the people, and there is no people if it be not associated by a common acknowledgment of right, and if there is no right where there is no justice, then most...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Charity is the root of all good works.

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Saint Augustine

Can any praise be worthy of the Lord's majesty?

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Nobody should ever doubt that in the washing of rebirth (Titus 3:5) absolutely all sins, from the least to the greatest, are altogether forgiven.

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Saint Augustine

When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame.

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Saint Augustine

It was not the visible sun, but its invisible Creator who consecrated this day for us, when the Virgin Mother, fertile of womb and integral in her virginity, brought him forth, made visible for us, by...

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Saint Augustine

People travel to marvel at the mountains, seas, rivers and stars and they pass right by themselves without astonishment.

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Saint Augustine

There are three ways in which sins are forgiven: in baptism, in prayer, and in the greater humility of penance; yet God does not forgive sins except to the baptized

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Saint Augustine

For, were it not good that evil things should also exist, the omnipotent God would almost certainly not allow evil to be, since beyond doubt it is just as easy for Him not to allow what He does not will,...

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Saint Augustine

The world's verdict is conclusive.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does...

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Saint Augustine

For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.

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Saint Augustine

Woman does not possess the image of God in herself but only when taken together with the male who is her head, so that the whole substance is one image. But when she is assigned the role as helpmate, a...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

For great are you, Lord, and you look kindly on what is humble, but the lofty-minded you regard from afar. Only to those whose hearts are crushed do you draw close. You will not let yourself be found by...

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Saint Augustine

Someone who knows enough to become the owner of a tree, and gives thanks to you for the benefits it brings him, is in a better state, even if ignorant of its height in feet and the extent of its spread,...

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Saint Augustine

I will plant my feet on that step where my parents put me as a child, until self-evident truth comes to light.

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Saint Augustine

You have been professing yourself reluctant to throw off your load of illusion because truth was uncertain. Well, it is certain now, yet the burden still weighs you down, while other people are given wings...

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Saint Augustine

No one knows what he himself is made of, except his own spirit within him, yet there is still some part of him which remains hidden even from his own spirit; but you, Lord, know everything about a human...

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Saint Augustine

How high a price we pay for the burden of habit! I am fitted for life here where I do not want to be, I want to live there but am unfit for it, and on both counts I am miserable.

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Saint Augustine

Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself back to me. Lo, I love you, but if my love is too mean, let me love more passionately. I cannot gauge my love, nor know how far it fails, how much more love I...

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Saint Augustine

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.

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Saint Augustine

Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of...

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Saint Augustine

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'...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Dilige et quod vis fac. (Love and then what you will, do.)

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Saint Augustine

Tolle, lege: take up and read.

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Saint Augustine

Love God, and do what you like.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

For in our hope we are saved.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

God grants us not always what we ask so as to bestow something preferable.

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Saint Augustine

We speak, but it is God who teaches.

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Saint Augustine

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

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Saint Augustine

Really great things, when discussed by little men, can usually make such men grow big.

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Saint Augustine

In all your movements, let nothing be evident that would offend the eyes of another.

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Saint Augustine

To dye oneself with paints in order to have a rosier or a paler complexion is a lying counterfeit.

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Saint Augustine

You called and shouted and burst my deafness. You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors, and I drew in breath and panted for You. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched...

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Saint Augustine

Ex Malo Bounum (good out of evil).

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Saint Augustine

The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. (City of God, Book 19)

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains...

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Saint Augustine

Jesus took His flesh from the flesh of Mary

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Saint Augustine

The bread that you see on the altar is the Body of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God's word. The chalice, or better what is contained in the chalice, is the Blood of Christ as soon as it is sanctified...

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Saint Augustine

On the altar you are looking at the same thing as you saw there last night. You have not heard, however, what this is, what it signifies, or about the greatness of the reality of which it is a sacrament....

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Saint Augustine

God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it.

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Saint Augustine

What do you possess if you possess not God?

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Saint Augustine

This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God.

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Saint Augustine

The one who is our very Life descended into our world, and bore our death, and slew it with the abundance of His own life. Thundering, He called out to us to return to Him in heaven.

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Saint Augustine

Every morning you put on your clothes to cover your nakedness and protect your body from inclement weather. Why don't you also clothe your soul with the garment of faith? Remember each morning the truths...

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Saint Augustine

The measure of charity may be taken from the want of desires. As desires diminish in the soul, charity increases in it; and when it no longer feels any desire, then it possesses perfect charity.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

If you don't believe it you won't understand it.

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really...

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Saint Augustine

What matters it to me if someone does not understand this? Let him too rejoice and say, “What is this?” Let him rejoice even at this, and let him love to find you while not finding it out, rather than,...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

We should never use the truth to wound.

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Saint Augustine

I have said before, and shall say again, that I write this book for love of your love.

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Saint Augustine

If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say, "It is enough," you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal.

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Saint Augustine

Everyone who observes himself doubting observes a truth, and about that which he observes he is certain; therefore he is certain about a truth. Everyone therefore who doubts whether truth exists has in...

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Saint Augustine

Try as they may to savor the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they...

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Saint Augustine

Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the...

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Saint Augustine

The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience.

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Saint Augustine

Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation.

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Saint Augustine

All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Sin is Energy in the wrong channel.

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Saint Augustine

Does God proclaim Himself in the wonders of creation? No. All things proclaim Him, all things speak. Their beauty is the voice by which they announce God, by which they sing, "It is you who made me beautiful,...

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Saint Augustine

Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote...

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Saint Augustine

For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall?

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Saint Augustine

Man's maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother's breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth...

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Saint Augustine

Just as it is agreed that we all wish to be happy, so it is that we all wish to be wise, since no one without wisdom is happy.

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Saint Augustine

Beauty is the brilliance of truth.

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Saint Augustine

Your persistent longing is your persistent voice. But when love grows cold, the heart grows silent. Burning love is the outcry of the heart! If you are filled with longing all the time, you will keep crying...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, "I will never abandon you, I will always be with you." If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you...

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Saint Augustine

We take for granted the slow miracle whereby water in the irrigation of a vineyard becomes wine. It is only when Christ turns water into wine, in a quick motion, as it were, that we stand amazed.

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Saint Augustine

If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good?

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Saint Augustine

In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been...

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Saint Augustine

Two criminals were crucified with Christ. One was saved; do not despair. One was not; do not presume.

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Saint Augustine

No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the service due to his neighbor.

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Saint Augustine

Love and do as you will.

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Saint Augustine

That your enemies have been created is God's doing; that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your mind? "Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their...

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Saint Augustine

Whole prayer is nothing but love.

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Saint Augustine

If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts....

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)!

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.

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Saint Augustine

Without the Spirit we can neither love God nor keep His commandments.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Too late came I to love you, O Beauty both so ancient and so new! Too late came I to love you - and behold you were with me all the time . . .

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Saint Augustine

I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.

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Saint Augustine

This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open.

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Saint Augustine

Of this I am certain, that no one has ever died who was not destined to die some time. Now the end of life puts the longest life on a par with the shortest. . . . And of what consequence is it what kind...

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Saint Augustine

Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.

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Saint Augustine

They who shall enter into [the] joy [of the Lord] shall know what is going on outside in the outer darkness. . .The saints'. . . knowledge, which shall be great, shall keep them acquainted. . .with the...

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Saint Augustine

For you [God] are infinite and never change. In you 'today' never comes to an end: and yet our 'today' does come to an end in you, because time, as well as everything else, exists in you. If it did not,...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You.

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Saint Augustine

If you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and shut out pardon.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold, Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. Thou was with me when I was not with Thee. Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst...

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Saint Augustine

If bodies please thee, praise God on occasion of them, and turn back thy love upon their Maker; lest in these things which please thee, thou displease. If souls please thee, be they loved in God: for they...

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Saint Augustine

God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Why persist in walking difficult and toilsome paths? There is no repose where you are seeking it. Search as you like, it is not where you are looking. You are seeking a happy life in the realm of death,...

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

To sing is to pray twice.

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Saint Augustine

Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.

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Saint Augustine

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...

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Saint Augustine

There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior's Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them...

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Whatever skills I have acquired, whatever gifts I have been given, I place them at Your service.

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Saint Augustine

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

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Saint Augustine

Only He who made man makes man happy.

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Saint Augustine

Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

No one can begin a new life, unless he repent of the old.

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Saint Augustine

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond...

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Saint Augustine

For I wondered that others, subject to death, did live, since he whom I loved, as if he should never die, was dead; and I wondered yet more that myself, who was to him a second self, could live, he being...

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Saint Augustine

Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself?

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Saint Augustine

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.

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Saint Augustine

There are wolves within, and there are sheep without.

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Saint Augustine

He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.

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Saint Augustine

Two loves have made two different cities: self-love hath made a terrestrial city, which rises in contempt of God; and Divine Love hath made a celestial one, which rises in contempt of self. The former...

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Saint Augustine

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

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