Quotes by Saint Saint Augustine


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Saint Augustine

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. Saint Augustine

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

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. Saint Augustine


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

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

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. Saint Augustine

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

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Saint Augustine
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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. 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. Saint Augustine
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The purpose of all wars, is peace. Saint Augustine
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Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine
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Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Saint Augustine
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Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet. 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 flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is. Saint Augustine

Love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine
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Love, and do what you like. Saint Augustine
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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. 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 guilty than if he was caught in the act. Saint Augustine
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