Saint Augustine

Aurelius Augustine; St. Augustine of Hippo (13 November 354 – 20 August 430) was a Christian theologian, rhetor, North African bishop, Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church, and saint. Some scholars consider him a Neoplatonist as well.
Found 55 thoughts of Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

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 receive it when we turn aside and down to other things out of a desire for temporal things.

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Saint Augustine

God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless.

Saint Augustine

The purpose of all wars...is peace.

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by.

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

Love, and do what you like.

Saint Augustine

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

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.

Saint Augustine

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

Saint Augustine

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Saint Augustine

Hear the other side. (Audi Partem Alteram)

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

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

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 by themselves without wondering.

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...Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee.

Saint Augustine

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

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