Saint Augustine Quotes & Wallpapers

Saint Augustine
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Imagine the vanity of thinking that your enemy can do you more damage than your enmity. Saint Augustine

The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. Saint Augustine

Peace in society depends upon peace in the family. Saint Augustine

How can He grant you what you do not desire to receive? Saint Augustine

A good conscience is the palace of Christ; the temple of the Holy Ghost; the paradise of delight; the standing Sabbath of the saints. Saint Augustine

Poverty is the load of some, and wealth is the load of others, perhaps the greater load of the two. It may weigh them to perdition. Bear the load of thy neighbor's poverty, and let him bear with thee the load of thy wealth. Thou lightenest thy load by lightening his. Saint Augustine

God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and, understanding of his adversity, he would be senseless. Saint Augustine

What are kingdoms without justice? They're just gangs of bandits. Saint Augustine

There can only be two basic loves... the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God. Saint Augustine

If you understood him, it would not be God. Saint Augustine

Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace. Saint Augustine

It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver. Saint Augustine

I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write. Saint Augustine

By means of corporal and temporal things we may comprehend the eternal and the spiritual. Saint Augustine

The Kingdom of Heaven, O man, requires no other price than yourself. The value of it is yourself. Give yourself for it and you shall have it. Saint Augustine

The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not such things as your law has to tell. Saint Augustine

We both exist and know that we exist, and rejoice in this knowledge. Saint Augustine

Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. Saint Augustine

"Give us this day our daily bread," by "this day" we mean "at this time," when we either ask for that sufficiency, signifying the whole of our need under the name of bread, which is the outstanding part of it, or for the sacrament of the faithful, which is necessary at this time for attaining not so much this temporal as that eternal happiness. Saint Augustine

What the universal Church holds, not as instituted [invented] by councils but as something always held, is most correctly believed to have been handed down by apostolic authority. Since others respond for children, so that the celebration of the sacrament may be complete for them, it is certainly availing to them for their consecration, because they themselves are not able to respond. Saint Augustine

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every man that only Christ can fill. Saint Augustine

The mere change of custom, even though it may be of advantage in some respects, unsettles men by reason of the novelty: therefore, if it brings no advantage, it does much harm by unprofitably disturbing the Church. Saint Augustine

It was in His flesh that Christ walked among us and it is His flesh that He has given us to eat for our salvation; but no one eats of this flesh without having first adored it . . . and not only do we not sin in thus adoring it, but we would be sinning if we did not do so. Saint Augustine

There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church. Saint Augustine

Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth. Saint Augustine

Singing is a lover's thing. Saint Augustine

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will... Saint Augustine

No one knows what he himself is made of, except his own spirit within him, yet there is still some part of him which remains hidden even from his own spirit; but you, Lord, know everything about a human being because you have made him...Let me, then, confess what I know about myself, and confess too what I do not know, because what I know of myself I know only because you shed light on me, and what I do not know I shall remain ignorant about until my darkness becomes like bright noon before your face. Saint Augustine

He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it. Saint Augustine

This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open. Saint Augustine

Let him who desires to be harsh in making demands upon his debtors consider that he is God's debtor. Saint Augustine

Don't go outside; get back to yourself, in the inner man lies the Truth. Saint Augustine

Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self; the heavenly by the love of God. Saint Augustine

Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one's flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself. Saint Augustine

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory. Saint Augustine

God without us will not as we without God cannot. Saint Augustine

Samson crushed himself and his enemies to death beneath the ruins of a building. He can only be excused on the grounds that the Spirit of the Lord, who wrought miracles through him, had bidden him to do so. But, apart from such men excepted by the command of a just law in general or of God, the very Source of justice, in a special case, any one who kills a human being, himself or another, is guilty of murder. Saint Augustine

Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world. Saint Augustine

Give, O Lord, what Thou commandest, and then command what Thou wilt. Saint Augustine

On the words of Ps. 21:3: O My God, I shall cry day by day, and Thou wilt not hear. Saint Augustine

We are He, since we are His body and since He was made man in order to be our Head. (p. 432). Saint Augustine

Therefore, give to the poor. I beg you, I admonish you, I charge you, I command you to give. Saint Augustine

We must be on our guard against giving interpretations which are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers. Saint Augustine

Does God proclaim Himself in the wonders of creation? No. All things proclaim Him, all things speak. Their beauty is the voice by which they announce God, by which they sing, "It is you who made me beautiful, not me myself but you. Saint Augustine

Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Saint Augustine

Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all. Saint Augustine

For you [God] are infinite and never change. In you 'today' never comes to an end: and yet our 'today' does come to an end in you, because time, as well as everything else, exists in you. If it did not, it would have no means of passing. And since your years never come to an end, for you they are simply 'today'...But you yourself are eternally the same. In your 'today' you will make all that is to exist tomorrow and thereafter, and in your 'today' you have made all that existed yesterday and for ever before. Saint Augustine

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. Saint Augustine

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. Saint Augustine

He that is jealous is not in love. Saint Augustine

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. Saint Augustine

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent. Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. Saint Augustine

In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me. Saint Augustine

It is not earthly riches which make us or our sons happy; for they must either be lost by us in our lifetime, or be possessed when we are dead, by whom we know not, or perhaps by whom we would not. Saint Augustine

The greatest evil is physical pain. Saint Augustine

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. Saint Augustine

God is best known in not knowing him. Saint Augustine

The purpose of all wars, is peace. Saint Augustine

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted. Saint Augustine

I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within. Saint Augustine

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is. Saint Augustine

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

A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps. Saint Augustine

Divine Scripture is wont to frame, as it were, allurements for children from the things which are found in the creature; whereby, according to their measure, and as it were by steps, the affections of the weak may be moved to seek those things that are above, and to leave those things that are below. But the same Scripture rarely employs those things which are spoken properly of God, and are not found in any creature; as, for instance, that which was said to Moses, I am that I am; and, I Am has sent me to you." Saint Augustine

God suffers not the pain of repentance, nor is He deceived in any matter, so that He would wish to correct that wherein He has erred. But as when a man repents of anything, he wishes to change what he has done; thus where you hear that God repents, look for an actual change. God does it differently from you, although He calls it by the name of repentance; for thou dost it, because you had erred; while He does it, because He avenges, or frees. Saint Augustine

Christ was born of a woman without the man. Saint Augustine

Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds, to destroy them. Saint Augustine



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