Saint Augustine

(Saint Augustine of Hippo)

Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine
  • Born: November 13, 0354
  • Died: August 28, 0430
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Saint









Saint Augustine of Hippo was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Period. Among his most important works are The City of God, On Christian Doctrine and Confessions.

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Do not slay them …. Scatter them. Religion & God
For there is nothing so social by nature, [and] so unsocial by its corruption, as this race. Corruption
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? Government ;Justice & Injustice
Intercourse even with one's legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Judah, did this and the Lord killed him for it. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
It is indeed better … that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage … in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching… Religion & God
Justice is that virtue that gives every man his due. Justice & Injustice
Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator. Religion & God
Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance. Religion & God ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society. Human Nature
The Devil invented gambling. Miscellaneous
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians …. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell. Religion & God
The good Christian should beware of mathematicians….The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered. War & Peace
Those who believe that there are men on the other side of the earth fail to observe that even if the world is held to be global or rounded in shape, or if some process of reasoning should prove this to be the case, it would still not necessarily follow that the land on the opposite side is not covered by masses of water. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We did it just because it was forbidden. Legislating & Legislative Process
What are kingdoms without justice but large bands of robbers? Justice & Injustice
When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil. Human Nature
A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.
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. Religion & God
Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.
By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Custom is second nature. Nature
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.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Success
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Religion & God
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. Religion & 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.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. Religion & God
God is best known in not knowing him. Religion & God
God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. Religion & God
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. Religion & God
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.
He that is jealous is not in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
He who labours, prays.
Hear the other side.
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.
I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within. Religion & God
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.
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him. Friendship
If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?
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.
If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times. Life
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.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Happiness & Unhappiness
It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Love is the beauty of the soul. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love, and do what you like. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. Nature
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.
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. Religion & God
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. Humor
Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.
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.
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.
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Patience
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Punishment is justice for the unjust. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
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.
The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?
The purpose of all wars, is peace. War & Peace
The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before. Religion & God
The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.
The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.
The verdict of the world is conclusive.
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Travel
There is no possible source of evil except good.
There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
This world's a bubble.
Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
To seek the highest good is to live well.
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. Life
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sympathy
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. Time
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.
Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.