Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Augustine of Hippo (13 November 354 – 28 August 430) was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. Augustine is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era.

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Patience is the companion of wisdom.

We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.

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.

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.

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

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.

He that is jealous is not in love.

It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels.

God judged it better to bring good out of evil, than to suffer no evil to exist.

The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

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

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

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

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.

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

Thou hast created us for Thyself and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts, every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.

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.

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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