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Saint Augustine
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One loving heart sets another on fire. Saint Augustine
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The measure of love is to love without measuring. Saint Augustine
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If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide? Saint Augustine
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The ministry is a weight from which even an angel might shrink Saint Augustine
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God is not greater if you reverence Him, but you are greater if you serve Him. Saint Augustine
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It is He who gave to this intellectual nature free-will of such a kind, that if he wishes to forsake God his blessedness, misery should forthwith result. Saint Augustine
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If a parricide is more wicked than anyone who commits homicide-because he kills not merely a man but a near relative-without doubt worse still is he who kills himself, because there is none nearer to a man than himself. Saint Augustine
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That your enemies have been created is God's doing; that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your mind? "Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins, put the fear of God in them, change them!" You are loving in them not what they are, but what you would have them to become. 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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It is not that we keep His commandments first and that then He loves but that He loves us and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace which is revealed to the humble but hidden from the proud. 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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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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And so, lastly, does the very name of "Catholic", which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house. Saint Augustine
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Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself? Saint Augustine
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...But we enjoyed playing games and were punished for them by men who played games themselves. However, grown-up games are known as 'business' and even though boys' games are much the same, they are punished for them by their elders. No one pities either the boys or the men, though surely we deserve pity, for I cannot believe that a good judge would approve of the beatings I received as a boy on the ground that my games delayed my progress in studying subjects which would enable me to play a less creditable game later in life. Saint Augustine
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The sole purpose of life is to gain merit for life in eternity. 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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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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By the fall a poison was handed to mankind through a woman [Eve], by the Redemption man was given salvation also through a woman [Mary]. 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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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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Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not Saint Augustine
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I was in love with loving. Saint Augustine
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When the king asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: The same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor. Saint Augustine
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Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved. Saint Augustine
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Man's maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother's breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die. Saint Augustine
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Attract them by the way you live. 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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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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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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I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him. Saint Augustine
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Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood. Saint Augustine
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A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. Saint Augustine
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God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. Saint Augustine
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The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Saint Augustine
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Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet. Saint Augustine
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Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt. Saint Augustine
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This world's a bubble. Saint Augustine
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He who labours, prays. Saint Augustine
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We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot. Saint Augustine
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None save great men have been the authors of great heresies. Saint Augustine
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