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


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


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


  4. To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.




  5. Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.


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


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


  8. The greatest evil is physical pain.


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


  10. Patience is the companion of wisdom.


  11. Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.


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


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


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


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


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

    • faith

  17. Punishment is justice for the unjust.


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

    • love

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  27. 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.


  28. The purpose of all wars, is peace.


  29. Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.


  30. Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.



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  1. Picture quote by Saint Augustine about love

    Love the sinner and hate the sin.


  2. Picture quote by Saint Augustine about miracle

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


  3. Picture quote by Saint Augustine about charity

    Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.


  4. Picture quote by Saint Augustine about habits

    Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.


  5. Picture quote by Saint Augustine about travel

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


  6. Picture quote by Saint Augustine about truth

    The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.


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What are the best love quotes by Saint Augustine?


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

    • love

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

    • love

    Love is the beauty of the soul.

    • love

    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, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.

    • love

    What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.

    • love

    What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

    • love

    Love, and do what you like.

    • love

    He that is jealous is not in love.

    • love

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What are the best humility quotes by Saint Augustine?


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

    • humility

    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.


    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.


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

    • humility

    There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.


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What are the best soul quotes by Saint Augustine?


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

    • love

    Love is the beauty of the soul.

    • love

    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.

    • appearance

    He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth.


    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.

    • soul

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What are the best beauty quotes by Saint Augustine?


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

    • love

    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.

    • beauty

    Love is the beauty of the soul.

    • love

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

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What are the best evil quotes by Saint Augustine?


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

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    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.


    There is no possible source of evil except good.


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Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe, that thou mayest understand.


If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.


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


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




Love is the beauty of the soul.

  • love

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.


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.

  • forgiveness

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.


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


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

  • beauty

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.


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.

  • appearance

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


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.


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


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


Love, and do what you like.

  • love

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


They the hazers or eversores were rightly called Overturners, since they had themselves been first overturned and perverted, tricked by those same devils who were secretly mocking them in the very acts by which they amused themselves in mocking and making fools of others.


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, and therefore rightly ruling; prudence is love making wise distinction between what hinders and what helps itself.


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

  • humility

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


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

  • heart

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


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.


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.


He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth.

  • soul

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

  • love

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.

  • act

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


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.


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 certainly it follows that there is no republic where there is no justice.


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


There is no possible source of evil except good.

  • evil

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

  • chastity

He that is jealous is not in love.

  • love

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.

  • friends

Hear the other side.


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.

  • begin

To seek the highest good is to live well.


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


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.


What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.

  • love

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.


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.


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

  • believe

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


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.

  • soul

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, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.

  • love

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

  • heart

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


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

  • life

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


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