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Saint Augustine Quote: “I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.”

I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.

— Saint Augustine



Saint Augustine Quote: “By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.”

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.”

A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.”

We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Just think of the illimitable abundance and the marvelous loveliness of light, or of the beauty of the sun and moon and stars.”

Just think of the illimitable abundance and the marvelous loveliness of light, or of the beauty of the sun and moon and stars.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?”

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of.”

Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.”

He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The customs of God’s people and the institutions of our ancestors are to be considered as laws. And those who throw contempt on the customs of the Church ought to be punished as those who disobey the law of God.”

The customs of God’s people and the institutions of our ancestors are to be considered as laws. And those who throw contempt on the customs of the Church ought to be punished as those who disobey the law of God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “You don’t love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers.”

You don’t love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you.”

My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “You called and shouted and burst my deafness. You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors, and I drew in breath and panted for You. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace.”

You called and shouted and burst my deafness. You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors, and I drew in breath and panted for You. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things.”

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Imagine the vanity of thinking that your enemy can do you more damage than your enmity.”

Imagine the vanity of thinking that your enemy can do you more damage than your enmity.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Ignorance itself is without a doubt a sin for those who do not wish to understand; for those who, however, cannot understand, it is the punishment of sin.”

Ignorance itself is without a doubt a sin for those who do not wish to understand; for those who, however, cannot understand, it is the punishment of sin.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth.”

He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice.”

What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Why then be perverted and follow thy flesh? Be it converted and follow thee.”

Why then be perverted and follow thy flesh? Be it converted and follow thee.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect.”

God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God.”

If there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “One generation and another generation; the generation by which we are made the faithful, and are born again by baptism; the generation by which we shall rise again from the dead, and shall live with the Angels for ever.”

One generation and another generation; the generation by which we are made the faithful, and are born again by baptism; the generation by which we shall rise again from the dead, and shall live with the Angels for ever.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.”

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Ninety percent of the time things turn out worse than you thought they would. The other ten percent of the time you had no right to expect that much.”

Ninety percent of the time things turn out worse than you thought they would. The other ten percent of the time you had no right to expect that much.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If faith fails, prayer perishes.”

If faith fails, prayer perishes.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Don’t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?”

Don’t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We enjoy some gratification when our good friends die; for though their death leaves us in sorrow, we have the consolatory assurance that they are beyond the ills by which in this life even the best of people are broken down or corrupted.”

We enjoy some gratification when our good friends die; for though their death leaves us in sorrow, we have the consolatory assurance that they are beyond the ills by which in this life even the best of people are broken down or corrupted.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.”

The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.”

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I was unhappy and so is every soul unhappy which is tied to its love for mortal things; when it loses them, it is torn in pieces, and it is then that it comes to realize the unhappiness which was there even before it lost them.”

I was unhappy and so is every soul unhappy which is tied to its love for mortal things; when it loses them, it is torn in pieces, and it is then that it comes to realize the unhappiness which was there even before it lost them.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism.”

For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God bids you not to commit lechery, that is, not to have sex with any woman except your wife. You ask of her that she should not have sex with anyone except you – yet you are not willing to observe the same restraint in return.”

God bids you not to commit lechery, that is, not to have sex with any woman except your wife. You ask of her that she should not have sex with anyone except you – yet you are not willing to observe the same restraint in return.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What can be hoped for which is not believed?”

What can be hoped for which is not believed?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “How high a price we pay for the burden of habit! I am fitted for life here where I do not want to be, I want to live there but am unfit for it, and on both counts I am miserable.”

How high a price we pay for the burden of habit! I am fitted for life here where I do not want to be, I want to live there but am unfit for it, and on both counts I am miserable.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The human race is inquisitive about other people’s lives, but negligent to correct their own.”

The human race is inquisitive about other people’s lives, but negligent to correct their own.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “For a sentence is not complete unless each word, once its syllables have been pronounced, gives way to make room for the next.”

For a sentence is not complete unless each word, once its syllables have been pronounced, gives way to make room for the next.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.”

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world is not only that we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so. Our very nature requires it of us.”

The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world is not only that we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so. Our very nature requires it of us.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled.”

Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Although God is all powerful, He is unable to give more; though supremely wise, He knows not how to give more; though vastly rich, He has not more to give.”

Although God is all powerful, He is unable to give more; though supremely wise, He knows not how to give more; though vastly rich, He has not more to give.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.”

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I will plant my feet on that step where my parents put me as a child, until self-evident truth comes to light.”

I will plant my feet on that step where my parents put me as a child, until self-evident truth comes to light.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Let those who think I have said too little and those who think I have said too much, forgive me; and let those who think I have said just enough thank God with me.”

Let those who think I have said too little and those who think I have said too much, forgive me; and let those who think I have said just enough thank God with me.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.”

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the service due to his neighbor.”

No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the service due to his neighbor.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Why is it that man desires to be made sad, beholding doleful and tragical things, which yet himself would by no means suffer?”

Why is it that man desires to be made sad, beholding doleful and tragical things, which yet himself would by no means suffer?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What am I then, my God? What is my nature? A life varied, multifaceted and truly immense.”

What am I then, my God? What is my nature? A life varied, multifaceted and truly immense.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I inquired what wickedness is, and I didn’t find a substance, but a perversity of will twisted away from the highest substance – You, O God – towards inferior things, rejecting its own inner life and swelling with external matters.”

I inquired what wickedness is, and I didn’t find a substance, but a perversity of will twisted away from the highest substance – You, O God – towards inferior things, rejecting its own inner life and swelling with external matters.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “War should we waged without love of violence, cruelty, or enmity.”

War should we waged without love of violence, cruelty, or enmity.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience.”

The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience.

— Saint Augustine


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

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