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Saint Augustine Quote: “He who labours, prays.”

He who labours, prays.

— Saint Augustine



Saint Augustine Quote: “My love is my weight. Because of it, I move.”

My love is my weight. Because of it, I move.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Anger is a weed; hate is a tree.”

Anger is a weed; hate is a tree.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed.”

God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open.”

This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Sin is looking for the right thing in the wrong place.”

Sin is looking for the right thing in the wrong place.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Every city is a living body.”

Every city is a living body.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.”

Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You.”

In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If you understood him, it would not be God.”

If you understood him, it would not be God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things which it is base to desire.”

Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things which it is base to desire.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it.”

As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth.”

Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The bread that you see on the altar is the Body of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God’s word. The chalice, or better what is contained in the chalice, is the Blood of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God’s word.”

The bread that you see on the altar is the Body of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God’s word. The chalice, or better what is contained in the chalice, is the Blood of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God’s word.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “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.”

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.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance.”

The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There are wolves within, and there are sheep without.”

There are wolves within, and there are sheep without.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Two loves have made two different cities: self-love hath made a terrestrial city, which rises in contempt of God; and Divine Love hath made a celestial one, which rises in contempt of self. The former glories in itself – the latter in God.”

Two loves have made two different cities: self-love hath made a terrestrial city, which rises in contempt of God; and Divine Love hath made a celestial one, which rises in contempt of self. The former glories in itself – the latter in God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.”

The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.”

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Love has reasons that reason knows not.”

Love has reasons that reason knows not.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other’s flame.”

When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other’s flame.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Hope has two lovely daughters, anger and courage.”

Hope has two lovely daughters, anger and courage.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not such things as your law has to tell.”

The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not such things as your law has to tell.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.”

Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Hell was made for the inquisitive.”

Hell was made for the inquisitive.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been at all.”

In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been at all.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.”

Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Woman was merely man’s helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.”

Woman was merely man’s helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “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 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.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior’s Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them I sleep secure; from them I derive new life.”

There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior’s Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them I sleep secure; from them I derive new life.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace.”

Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation.”

It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For so it is, O Lord my God, I measure it! But what it is I measure, I do not know.”

For so it is, O Lord my God, I measure it! But what it is I measure, I do not know.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Eternity is the now that does not pass away.”

Eternity is the now that does not pass away.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church.”

There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society.”

Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not himself, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.”

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not himself, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Better that I find you, God, and leave the questions unanswered, than to find the answers without finding you.”

Better that I find you, God, and leave the questions unanswered, than to find the answers without finding you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The weakness of little children’s limbs is innocent, not their souls .”

The weakness of little children’s limbs is innocent, not their souls .

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Nothing, therefore, happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen. He either permits it to happen, or He brings it about Himself.”

Nothing, therefore, happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen. He either permits it to happen, or He brings it about Himself.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father.”

He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Only He who made man makes man happy.”

Only He who made man makes man happy.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross.”

All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist.”

He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “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 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.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Be always displeased with what you are if you wish to be what you are not. Always add, always walk, always proceed. Neither stand still nor go back nor deviate.”

Be always displeased with what you are if you wish to be what you are not. Always add, always walk, always proceed. Neither stand still nor go back nor deviate.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He that is jealous is not in love.”

He that is jealous is not in love.

— Saint Augustine

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