Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Augustine of Hippo (13 November 354 – 28 August 430) was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. Augustine is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Era.

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Faith is to believe what you do not see, the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

O Holy Spirit descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

Love is the beauty of the soul.

Seek not to understand that you may believe but believe that you may understand.

Indeed man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Give me chastity and continence but not yet.

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains at the huge waves of the sea at the long courses of the rivers at the vast compass of the ocean at the circular motions of the stars and they pass by themselves without wondering.

The greatest evil is physical pain.

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

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

What then is time? If no one asks me I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks I do not know.

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

Hear the other side.

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

What I needed most was to love and to be loved eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me, and sure enough I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy by suspicions and fear by burst of anger and quarrels.

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.

If we live good lives the times are also good. As we are such are the times.

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

To seek the highest good is to live well.

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