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St. Augustine Quotes

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

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.

Category: Love

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

Category: Miracles

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Category: Moderation

The greatest evil is physical pain.

Category: Pain

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

Category: Perfection

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

Category: Prayer

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Category: Punishment

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

Category: Service

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

Category: Sin

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.

Category: Soul

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

Category: Spirit And Spirituality

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.

Category: Temperament

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

Category: Truth

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

Category: Understanding

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

Category: Victory