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Saint Augustine Quote: “Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.”

Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.

— Saint Augustine



Saint Augustine Quote: “Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil, since while doing away with evils it would do away with many good things, which would hinder the advance of the common good.”

Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil, since while doing away with evils it would do away with many good things, which would hinder the advance of the common good.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.”

It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.”

I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!”

I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.”

Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In the house of God there is never ending festival; the angel choir makes eternal holiday; the presence of God’s face gives joy that never fails.”

In the house of God there is never ending festival; the angel choir makes eternal holiday; the presence of God’s face gives joy that never fails.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel.”

Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I err therefore I am.”

I err therefore I am.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.”

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If you lose your soul, there is a danger of its being destroyed. Therefore, you may not love it, since you do not want it to be destroyed. But in not wanting it to be destroyed, you love it.”

If you lose your soul, there is a danger of its being destroyed. Therefore, you may not love it, since you do not want it to be destroyed. But in not wanting it to be destroyed, you love it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms.”

Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you.”

Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not earthly riches which make us or our sons happy; for they must either be lost by us in our lifetime, or be possessed when we are dead, by whom we know not, or perhaps by whom we would not.”

It is not earthly riches which make us or our sons happy; for they must either be lost by us in our lifetime, or be possessed when we are dead, by whom we know not, or perhaps by whom we would not.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves.”

Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Heretics think false things about God and call it their faith.”

Heretics think false things about God and call it their faith.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good.”

God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I once laboured hard for the free will of man, until the grace of God at length overcame me.”

I once laboured hard for the free will of man, until the grace of God at length overcame me.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says For the woman I love and the second, For my best friend.”

Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says For the woman I love and the second, For my best friend.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.”

In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.”

The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The one who is our very Life descended into our world, and bore our death, and slew it with the abundance of His own life. Thundering, He called out to us to return to Him in heaven.”

The one who is our very Life descended into our world, and bore our death, and slew it with the abundance of His own life. Thundering, He called out to us to return to Him in heaven.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.”

I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning.”

It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.”

Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.’ No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.”

Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.’ No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We must be on our guard against giving interpretations which are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers.”

We must be on our guard against giving interpretations which are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We take for granted the slow miracle whereby water in the irrigation of a vineyard becomes wine. It is only when Christ turns water into wine, in a quick motion, as it were, that we stand amazed.”

We take for granted the slow miracle whereby water in the irrigation of a vineyard becomes wine. It is only when Christ turns water into wine, in a quick motion, as it were, that we stand amazed.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Longing desire prayeth always, though the tongue be silent. If thou art ever longing, thou art ever praying.”

Longing desire prayeth always, though the tongue be silent. If thou art ever longing, thou art ever praying.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The diversity of language alienates man from man.”

The diversity of language alienates man from man.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The will is truly free, when it is not the slave of vices and sins.”

The will is truly free, when it is not the slave of vices and sins.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall?”

For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God .”

We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God .

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Lord, teach me to know you, and to know myself.”

Lord, teach me to know you, and to know myself.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!”

What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.”

Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves.”

Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.’”

Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, ‘Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.’

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The arrogance is not greatness but swelling; and the swelling seems big but it’s not healthy.”

The arrogance is not greatness but swelling; and the swelling seems big but it’s not healthy.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Make friends with angels.”

Make friends with angels.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.”

Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Believe that others are better than you in the debths of their soul, although outwardly you may appear better than they.”

Believe that others are better than you in the debths of their soul, although outwardly you may appear better than they.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Let no one flatter himself; of himself he is Satan. Let man take sin, which is his own, and leave righteousness with God.”

Let no one flatter himself; of himself he is Satan. Let man take sin, which is his own, and leave righteousness with God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not with respect to our convenience or discomfort, but with respect to their own nature that the creatures are glorifying to their Artificer.”

It is not with respect to our convenience or discomfort, but with respect to their own nature that the creatures are glorifying to their Artificer.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Whoever possesses God is happy.”

Whoever possesses God is happy.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For in our hope we are saved.”

For in our hope we are saved.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much.”

He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Beware of bad Catholics.”

Beware of bad Catholics.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There never can have been, and never can be, and there never shall be any sin without pride.”

There never can have been, and never can be, and there never shall be any sin without pride.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Because a thing is eloquently expressed it should not be taken to be as necessarily true; nor because it is uttered with stammering lips should it be supposed false.”

Because a thing is eloquently expressed it should not be taken to be as necessarily true; nor because it is uttered with stammering lips should it be supposed false.

— Saint Augustine

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