ST. AUGUSTINE QUOTES

Christian theologian (354-430)

St. Augustine quote

The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.

ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God

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Love the sinner and hate the sin.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Opera Omnia

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Anger is a weed; hate is the tree.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Sermons

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Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Sermons

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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

ST. AUGUSTINE, attributed, 20,000 Quips and Quotes

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

ST. AUGUSTINE, De doctrina christiana

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The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God.

ST. AUGUSTINE, attributed, Lust: A Dictionary for the Insatiable

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Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues: hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.

ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO, attributed, Michael Oren Fitzgerald's Christian Spirit

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Every city is a living body.

ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God

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The good Christian should beware of astrologers. The danger already exists that astrologers have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.

ST. AUGUSTINE, On Genesis

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And how shall I call upon my God, my God and Lord, since, when I call for Him, I shall be calling Him to myself? and what room is there within me, whither my God can come into me? whither can God come into me, God who made heaven and earth? is there, indeed, O Lord my God, aught in me that can contain thee?

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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So if you can manage it, you shouldn't touch your partner, except for the sake of having children.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Sermons

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How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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There is no salvation outside the church.

ST. AUGUSTINE, De Baptismo

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What art Thou then, my God? what, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong; stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all-changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet nothing lacking; supporting, filling, and overspreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave.

ST. AUGUSTINE, City of God

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

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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Behold, these things pass away, that others may replace them, and so this lower universe be completed by all his parts.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

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