Quotations by Saint Augustine

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Born: Saturday, November 13, 354 AD
Died: Wednesday, August 28, 430 AD (75 years old)
Profession: Saint


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

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Beauty, God, May)

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Faithfulness, Multiplicity, Unity)

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Charity, Justice)

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Abstinence, Moderation)

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Being, Desire, First, Humility)

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Clouds, First, Humility, Will)

Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Deep, Man)

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Faith, Reward)

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: God)

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Forgiveness, Being)

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Chastity)

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: God, Son, Earth, Sin, Suffering)

God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: God, Evil)

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: God)

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
- Saint Augustine

He that is jealous is not in love.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Love)

He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Evil)

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Help, Will)

Hear the other side.
- Saint Augustine

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Soul, Virtue, Appearance, Humility)

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

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Labor, sayings)

I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Friend, Want)

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Friend, Friends, Gain, Strangers, Will)

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

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

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.
- Saint Augustine

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Absence, Justice)

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Happiness, Man, Wishes)

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Cause, Martyr, Punishment)

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Men, Angels, Humility, Pride)

Love is the beauty of the soul.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Beauty, Love, Soul)

Love, and do what you like.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: 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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Men, Mountains, Ocean, Rivers, Sea, Stars, Wonder)

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Nature, Miracles)

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Experience, Thoughts, Vision, Light, Mind)

No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Duty, Nothing)

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Heart, Spirit)

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Help)

Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Chastity)

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Intelligence, Children, Creation)

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
(Keywords: Wife, Opportunity, Act, Adultery, Evil, Living, Man, Obvious, Passion, Reason)

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Wisdom, Patience)

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Work, God)

Punishment is justice for the unjust.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Justice, Punishment)

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: May)

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Beauty, Love, Soul)

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Beginning, Confession, Evil, First)

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.
- Saint Augustine
(Keywords: Desire, Longing, Prayer, Will)



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