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St. Augustine Quotes

(354-430), Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Category: Abstinence

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

Category: Adversity

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

Category: Beauty

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.

Category: Belief

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.''

Category: Burdens

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

Category: Charity

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

Category: Cheerfulness

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

Category: Confession

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Creation

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.

Category: Desire

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

Category: Duty

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.

Category: Experience

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

Category: Faith

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

Category: Faithfulness