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Saint Augustine
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I do not comprehend all that I am. Is the mind, therefore, too limited to possess itself? Saint Augustine
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The playthings of our elders are called business. Saint Augustine
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A Christian man is on his guard with respect to those who philosophize according to the elements of this world, not according to God, by Whom the world itself was made; for he is warned by the precept of the apostle and faithfully hears what has been said, 'Beware that no one deceive you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the elements of the world' Saint Augustine
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The mind commands the mind to will, and yet, though it be itself, it minds not. What is this monstrous thing? And why is it? Saint Augustine
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There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither love nor hope without faith. Saint Augustine
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Desire only God, and your heart will be satisfied. Saint Augustine
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It is a sin to judge any man by his post Saint Augustine
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For what is time? ... Who can even in thought comprehend it, so as to utter a word about it? ... If no one asks me, I know: If I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not .... Saint Augustine
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What can be hoped for which is not believed? 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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None save great men have been the authors of great heresies. Saint Augustine
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You have found that you were more secure before you accumulated so much. See what greed has imposed on you: You have filled your house and now you fear burglars. You have hoarded money and lost sleep. See what greed has commanded you: "Do this!" And you did it. 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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It's not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds. 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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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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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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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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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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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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There is no greater invitation to love than loving first. 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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