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Saint Augustine Quotes

St. Augustine of Hippo
Aurelius Augustinus



"He who sings prays twice."

"An unjust law is no law at all."

"Love the sinner and hate the sin."

"Anger is a weed; hate is the tree."

"Charity is the root of all good works."

"To seek the highest good is to live well."

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

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

"Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods."

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

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

"Few are they who by faith touch Him; multitudes are they who throng about Him."

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

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

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

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

"Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin; whosoever has it, has not himself."

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

"For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared."

"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."

"A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent."

"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."

"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."

"The violence which assails good men to test them, to cleanse and purify them, effects in the wicked their condemnation, ruin, and annihilation."

"Thus, in this universal catastrophe, the sufferings of Christians have tended to their moral improvement, because they viewed them with eyes of faith."

"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 the way they are."

"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."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

 

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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