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Saint Augustine Quote: “Unjust laws aren’t laws at all.”

Unjust laws aren’t laws at all.

— Saint Augustine



Saint Augustine Quote: “Singing is a lover’s thing.”

Singing is a lover’s thing.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What is time? If I am not asked, I know; if I am asked, I don’t.”

What is time? If I am not asked, I know; if I am asked, I don’t.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Jesus took His flesh from the flesh of Mary.”

Jesus took His flesh from the flesh of Mary.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.”

There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.”

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He who falls, falls by his own will, and he who stands, stands by God’s will.”

He who falls, falls by his own will, and he who stands, stands by God’s will.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.”

You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.”

Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Between urine and filth we are born.”

Between urine and filth we are born.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “To touch God a little with our mind is a great blessing, to grasp him is impossible.”

To touch God a little with our mind is a great blessing, to grasp him is impossible.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.”

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.”

It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.”

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it.”

I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will.”

O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.”

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.”

God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If by fate anyone means the will or power of God, let him keep his meaning but mend his language; for fate commonly means a necessary process which will have its way apart from the will of God and men.”

If by fate anyone means the will or power of God, let him keep his meaning but mend his language; for fate commonly means a necessary process which will have its way apart from the will of God and men.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do not follow any road, but that which Christ trod. This road seems hard, but it is safe.”

Do not follow any road, but that which Christ trod. This road seems hard, but it is safe.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There is no possible source of evil except good.”

There is no possible source of evil except good.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Put no faith in salvation through the political order.”

Put no faith in salvation through the political order.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me.”

All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I was in love with loving.”

I was in love with loving.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs.”

Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.”

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It’s not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds.”

It’s not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “No one indeed believes anything unless he has first thought that it it to be believed.”

No one indeed believes anything unless he has first thought that it it to be believed.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Grace alone brings about every good work in us.”

Grace alone brings about every good work in us.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Choose to love whomsoever thou wilt: all else will follow.”

Choose to love whomsoever thou wilt: all else will follow.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.”

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought.”

Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.”

No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me.”

I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?”

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God grants us not always what we ask so as to bestow something preferable.”

God grants us not always what we ask so as to bestow something preferable.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition even before it loses them.”

I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition even before it loses them.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what He is.”

We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what He is.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others.”

Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “You cannot attain to charity except through humility.”

You cannot attain to charity except through humility.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find the truth it is his Lord’s.”

Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find the truth it is his Lord’s.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Why is it that we remember with difficulty and without difficulty forget? Learn with difficulty and without difficulty remain ignorant?”

Why is it that we remember with difficulty and without difficulty forget? Learn with difficulty and without difficulty remain ignorant?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.”

God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared.”

For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We judge all things according to the divine truth.”

We judge all things according to the divine truth.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Virginity is not honored simply because it is virginity, but because it is consecrated of God.”

Virginity is not honored simply because it is virginity, but because it is consecrated of God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.”

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Things are solved by walking around.”

Things are solved by walking around.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners.”

In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners.

— Saint Augustine

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