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Saint Augustine
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For God loves saving, not condemning, and therefore He is patient with bad people, in order to make good people out of bad people. Saint Augustine
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Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul. Saint Augustine
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We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs. Saint Augustine
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By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity. Saint Augustine
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The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling? Saint Augustine
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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
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It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all. Saint Augustine
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God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. Saint Augustine
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Love, and do what you like. Saint Augustine
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Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find the truth it is his Lord's. Saint Augustine
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He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute. Saint Augustine
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I once laboured hard for the free will of man, until the grace of God at length overcame me. Saint Augustine
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The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient. Saint Augustine
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There never can have been, and never can be, and there never shall be any sin without pride. Saint Augustine
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Let our lives be good, and the times are good. We make our times; such as we are, such are the times. Saint Augustine
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Everyone who observes himself doubting observes a truth, and about that which he observes he is certain; therefore he is certain about a truth. Everyone therefore who doubts whether truth exists has in himself a truth on which not to doubt.... Hence one who can doubt at all ought not to doubt the existence of truth. Saint Augustine
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Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine. Saint Augustine
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The desire for fame tempts even noble minds. Saint Augustine
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True happiness is to rejoice in the truth, for to rejoice in the truth is to rejoice in You, O God, who are the truth... Those who think that there is another kind of happiness look for joy elsewhere, but theirs is not true joy. Saint Augustine
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Put no faith in salvation through the political order. Saint Augustine
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You can live, provided you live; that is, you can live for ever, provided you live a good life. Saint Augustine
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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
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Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men. Saint Augustine
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Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Saint Augustine
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He who created you without you will not justify you without you. Saint Augustine
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Consequently, if the republic is the weal of the people, and there is no people if it be not associated by a common acknowledgment of right, and if there is no right where there is no justice, then most certainly it follows that there is no republic where there is no justice. Saint Augustine
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It is the function of perfection to make one know one's imperfection. Saint Augustine
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There are three ways in which sins are forgiven: in baptism, in prayer, and in the greater humility of penance; yet God does not forgive sins except to the baptized Saint Augustine
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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
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Let us sing a new song, not with our lips, but with our lives. Saint Augustine
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Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive. Saint Augustine
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Only He who made man makes man happy. Saint Augustine
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Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence. Saint Augustine
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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
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Far be it from us to doubt that all number is known to Him 'Whose understanding is infinite' (Ps. 147:5). The infinity of number, though there be no numbering of infinite numbers, is yet not incomprehensible by Him Whose understanding is infinite. And thus, if everything which is comprehended is defined or made finite by the comprehension of him who knows it, then all infinity is in some ineffable way made finite to God, for it is comprehensible by His knowledge. Saint Augustine
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God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity. Saint Augustine
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In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search for truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. Saint Augustine
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Let necessity, and not your will, slay the enemy who fights against you. Saint Augustine
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If we tread our vices under our feet, we make of them a ladder by which to rise to higher things. Saint Augustine
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Believe that you may understand, Saint Augustine
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He who falls, falls by his own will, and he who stands, stands by God's will. Saint Augustine
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For great are you, Lord, and you look kindly on what is humble, but the lofty-minded you regard from afar. Only to those whose hearts are crushed do you draw close. You will not let yourself be found by the proud, nor even by those who in their inquisitive skill count stars or grains of sand, or measure the expanses of heaven, or trace the paths of the planets. Saint Augustine
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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
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You have been professing yourself reluctant to throw off your load of illusion because truth was uncertain. Well, it is certain now, yet the burden still weighs you down, while other people are given wings on freer shoulders, people who have not worn themselves out with research, nor spent a decade and more reflecting on these questions. Saint Augustine
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Make me a captive Lord, then I shall be truly free. Saint Augustine
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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. Saint Augustine
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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. Saint Augustine
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Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Saint Augustine
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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. Saint Augustine
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If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Saint Augustine
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Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider. Saint Augustine
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There is no greater invitation to love than loving first. Saint Augustine
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Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls. Saint Augustine
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If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? Saint Augustine
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Whole prayer is nothing but love. Saint Augustine
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Humility is first, second and third in Christianity. Saint Augustine
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The Law is not in fault, but our evil and wicked nature; even as a heap of lime is still and quiet until water is poured on it, but then it begins to smoke and burn, not from the fault of the water, but from the nature of the lime, which will not endure it. Saint Augustine
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What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith. Saint Augustine
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Love the sinner and hate the sin. Saint Augustine
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We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. Saint Augustine
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Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee. Saint Augustine
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Love and do what you want. If you stop talking, you will stop talking with love; if you shout, you will shout with love; if you correct, you will correct with love. Saint Augustine
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It will not be held against you that you are ignorant against your will, but that you neglect to seek out what it is that makes you ignorant; not that you cannot bring together your wounded limbs, but that you reject Him that would heal them. Saint Augustine
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There are wolves within, and there are sheep without. Saint Augustine
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Do you know who the upright of heart are? They are those who wish what God wishes. Therefore, do not try to twist God's will to you own but correct your will to that of God. The will of God is a rule of conduct. By it you have the means of being converted and of correcting your evil ways. Saint Augustine
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To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world; war, siege, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They lack splendour. But there is another sort of man who is under the same pressure but does not complain, for it is the friction which polishes him. It is the pressure which refines and makes him noble Saint Augustine
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The true religion has always been one from the beginning, and will always be the same. Saint Augustine
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God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. Saint Augustine
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I do not doubt that all those who have received Baptism anywhere and from whomever do have Baptism, as long as it was consecrated with the words of the Gospel and they received it without pretence on their part and with some degree of faith. However, it would not avail them for their spiritual salvation if they were lacking in that charity by which they might be implanted in the Catholic Church. Saint Augustine
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Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter, but all of them before that last and strictest judgment. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgment. Saint Augustine
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