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Saint Augustine Quote: “He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.”

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



Saint Augustine Quote: “We should never use the truth to wound.”

We should never use the truth to wound.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within.”

I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If But for the Mercy of my Lord, that my paradise becomes a woman’s hell.”

If But for the Mercy of my Lord, that my paradise becomes a woman’s hell.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The Kingdom of Heaven, O man, requires no other price than yourself. The value of it is yourself. Give yourself for it and you shall have it.”

The Kingdom of Heaven, O man, requires no other price than yourself. The value of it is yourself. Give yourself for it and you shall have it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Then assuredly the world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time.”

Then assuredly the world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing.”

A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil.”

The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Let necessity, and not your will, slay the enemy who fights against you.”

Let necessity, and not your will, slay the enemy who fights against you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon.”

He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “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.”

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.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?”

For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do you who are a Christian desire to be revenged and vindicated, and the death of Jesus Christ has not yet been revenged, nor His innocence vindicated?”

Do you who are a Christian desire to be revenged and vindicated, and the death of Jesus Christ has not yet been revenged, nor His innocence vindicated?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Your best servant is the person who does not attend so much to hearing what he himself wants as to willing what he has heard from you.”

Your best servant is the person who does not attend so much to hearing what he himself wants as to willing what he has heard from you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you.”

Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.”

Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.”

Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance.”

Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is said that there is no salvation outside the Church. Who denies this? And therefore whatever things of the Church are had outside the Church do not avail unto salvation.”

It is said that there is no salvation outside the Church. Who denies this? And therefore whatever things of the Church are had outside the Church do not avail unto salvation.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I’m in misery.”

Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I’m in misery.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We both exist and know that we exist, and rejoice in this knowledge.”

We both exist and know that we exist, and rejoice in this knowledge.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The measure of charity may be taken from the want of desires. As desires diminish in the soul, charity increases in it; and when it no longer feels any desire, then it possesses perfect charity.”

The measure of charity may be taken from the want of desires. As desires diminish in the soul, charity increases in it; and when it no longer feels any desire, then it possesses perfect charity.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.”

The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “One can’t reach the Truth but trough Love.”

One can’t reach the Truth but trough Love.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The ministry is a weight from which even an angel might shrink.”

The ministry is a weight from which even an angel might shrink.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Your wisdom should be without pride.”

Your wisdom should be without pride.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I am convinced that in all history there has never been a greater need to Pray for our Pastors than exists right now! Pastors are experiencing an unprecedented wave of attacks, stresses, challenges. obstacles. pressures.”

I am convinced that in all history there has never been a greater need to Pray for our Pastors than exists right now! Pastors are experiencing an unprecedented wave of attacks, stresses, challenges. obstacles. pressures.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”

Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The mind commands the mind to will, and yet, though it be itself, it minds not. What is this monstrous thing? And why is it?”

The mind commands the mind to will, and yet, though it be itself, it minds not. What is this monstrous thing? And why is it?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “All the dancer’s gestures are signs of things, and the dance called rational, because it aptly signifies and displays something over and above the pleasure of the senses.”

All the dancer’s gestures are signs of things, and the dance called rational, because it aptly signifies and displays something over and above the pleasure of the senses.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “While the best men are guided by love, most mean are still goaded by fear.”

While the best men are guided by love, most mean are still goaded by fear.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it.”

I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains to grace, it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty.”

It is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains to grace, it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Men are always ready to nose around and find out about other’s lives, but they feel lazy to know themselves and correct their own life.”

Men are always ready to nose around and find out about other’s lives, but they feel lazy to know themselves and correct their own life.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If a parricide is more wicked than anyone who commits homicide-because he kills not merely a man but a near relative-without doubt worse still is he who kills himself, because there is none nearer to a man than himself.”

If a parricide is more wicked than anyone who commits homicide-because he kills not merely a man but a near relative-without doubt worse still is he who kills himself, because there is none nearer to a man than himself.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “A young man had become possessed by a devil. The thing within him burst into loud lamentation and departed from the man. At once the youth’s eye fell out on his cheek, and the whole of the pupil which had been black became white.”

A young man had become possessed by a devil. The thing within him burst into loud lamentation and departed from the man. At once the youth’s eye fell out on his cheek, and the whole of the pupil which had been black became white.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it.”

He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In the usual course of study I had come to a book of a certain Cicero.”

In the usual course of study I had come to a book of a certain Cicero.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Whoever is still seeking for miracles so that he may believe is himself a wonder, who does not believe while the world around him does.”

Whoever is still seeking for miracles so that he may believe is himself a wonder, who does not believe while the world around him does.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The entire most beautiful order of things that are very good, when their measures have been accomplished, is to pass away.”

The entire most beautiful order of things that are very good, when their measures have been accomplished, is to pass away.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Just as it is agreed that we all wish to be happy, so it is that we all wish to be wise, since no one without wisdom is happy.”

Just as it is agreed that we all wish to be happy, so it is that we all wish to be wise, since no one without wisdom is happy.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is salutary for us to learn to hold cheap such things, be they good or evil, as attach indifferently to good men and bad, and to covet those good things which belong only to good men, and flee those evils which belong only to evil men.”

It is salutary for us to learn to hold cheap such things, be they good or evil, as attach indifferently to good men and bad, and to covet those good things which belong only to good men, and flee those evils which belong only to evil men.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee.”

Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is He who gave to this intellectual nature free-will of such a kind, that if he wishes to forsake God his blessedness, misery should forthwith result.”

It is He who gave to this intellectual nature free-will of such a kind, that if he wishes to forsake God his blessedness, misery should forthwith result.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “This entire most beautiful order of good things is going to pass away after its measure has been exhausted; for both morning and evening were made in them.”

This entire most beautiful order of good things is going to pass away after its measure has been exhausted; for both morning and evening were made in them.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Can any praise be worthy of the Lord’s majesty?”

Can any praise be worthy of the Lord’s majesty?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We cannot pass our guardian angel’s bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.”

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

— Saint Augustine

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