Facts about Saint Augustine

Summary

Saint Augustine was a famous Saint, who lived between November 13, 354 and August 28, 430. He/she became 75 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac scorpio, who is known for Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding. Our collection contains 56 quotes who is written / told by Saint, under the main topics: Faith, Forgiveness, Government, Wisdom.

Famous quotes by Saint Augustine (56)


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"Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty"
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"O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet"
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"Love is the beauty of the soul"
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"To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it"
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"This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections"
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"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page"
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"Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider"
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"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"
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"What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know"
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"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"
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"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"
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"We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot"
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"We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs"
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"We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain"
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"To seek the highest good is to live well"
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"To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation"
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"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"
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"The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works"
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"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul"
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"Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand"
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"Punishment is justice for the unjust"
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"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet"
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"Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible"
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"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"
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"If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times"
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"If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe"
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"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"
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"I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him"
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"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"
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"I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within"
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"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"
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"Hear the other side"
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"He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent"
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"He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king"
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"He that is jealous is not in love"
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"Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt"
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"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"
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"God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist"
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"God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering"
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"Give me chastity and continence, but not yet"
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"Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others"
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"Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?"
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"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility"
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"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"
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"Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation"
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"Charity is no substitute for justice withheld"
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"By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity"
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"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"
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"A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently"
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"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe"
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"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"
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"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?"
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"Patience is the companion of wisdom"


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