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Saint Augustine
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Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires. Saint Augustine
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We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot. Saint Augustine
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If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend. Saint Augustine
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He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth. Saint Augustine
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You have enemies. For who can live on this earth without them? Take heed to yourselves: love them. In no way can your enemy so hurt you by his violence, as you hurt yourself if you love him not. Saint Augustine
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There is no health in those who are displeased by an element in Your creation, just as there was none in me when I was displeased by many things You had made. Because my soul didn't dare to say that my God displeased me, it refused to attribute to You whatever was displeasing. Saint Augustine
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It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. Saint Augustine
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AugustineThe wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. To love with sternness is better than to deceive with gentleness.... In Luke [14:23] it is written: "Compel people to come in!" By threats of the wrath of God, the Father draws souls to his Son. Saint Augustine
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As to the fable that there are Antipodes, that is to say, men on the opposite side of the earth where the sun rises when it sets to us, men who walk with their feet opposite ours, that is on no ground credible. Even if some unknown landmass is there, and not just ocean, there was only one pair of original ancestors, and it is inconceivable that such distant regions should have been peopled by Adam's descendants. Saint Augustine
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Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations. Saint Augustine
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God grants us not always what we ask so as to bestow something preferable. Saint Augustine
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As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it. Saint Augustine
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Alternate translation: Come brethren, if you have a mind to be ingrafted in the vine, It is a pity to see you lopped off in this manner From the stock. Reckon up the prelates in the very see of Peter; And in that order of fathers see which has succeeded which. This is the rock over which the proud gates of hell prevail not. Saint Augustine
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The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder. Saint Augustine
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For I wondered that others, subject to death, did live, since he whom I loved, as if he should never die, was dead; and I wondered yet more that myself, who was to him a second self, could live, he being dead. Well said one of his friend, "Thou half of my soul"; for I felt that my soul and his soul were "one soul in two bodies": and therefore was my life a horror to me, because I would not live halved. And therefore perchance I feared to die, lest he whom I had much loved should die wholly. Saint Augustine
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Two criminals were crucified with Christ. One was saved; do not despair. One was not; do not presume. Saint Augustine
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The human race is inquisitive about other people's lives, but negligent to correct their own. Saint Augustine
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God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them. Saint Augustine
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Let us, on both sides, lay aside all arrogance. Let us not, on either side, claim that we have already discovered the truth. Let us seek it together as something which is known to neither of us. For then only may we seek it, lovingly and tranquilly, if there be no bold presumption that it is already discovered and possessed. Saint Augustine
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Blessed is he who devotes his life to great and noble ends, and who forms his well-considered plans with deliberate wisdom. Saint Augustine
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Grace alone brings about every good work in us. Saint Augustine
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Understanding is the reward of faith. Saint Augustine
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They - the hazers - were rightly called Overturners, since they had themselves been first overturned and perverted, tricked by those same devils who were secretly mocking them in the very acts by which they amused themselves in mocking and making fools of others. Saint Augustine
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By their patience and perseverance God's children are truly known from hypocrites and dissemblers. Saint Augustine
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Where is the thief who cannot find bad when he hunts for it? Saint Augustine
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I entered (into my inward self) and beheld with the eye of my soul...the Light Unchangeable. Saint Augustine
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Your wisdom should be without pride. Saint Augustine
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The diversity of language alienates man from man Saint Augustine
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Poltinus the Platonist proves by means of the blossoms and leaves that from the Supreme God, whose beauty is invisible and ineffable, Providence reaches down to the things of earth here below. He points out that these frail and mortal objects could not be endowed with a beauty so immaculate and so exquisitely wrought, did they not issue from the Divinity which endlessly prevades with its invisible and unchanging beauty all things. Saint Augustine
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In the house of God there is never ending festival; the angel choir makes eternal holiday; the presence of God's face gives joy that never fails. Saint Augustine
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Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. Saint Augustine
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Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do. Saint Augustine
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What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer! Saint Augustine
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To sing is the work of a lover. Saint Augustine
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Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. Saint Augustine
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The weakness of little children's limbs is innocent, not their souls. Saint Augustine
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And these were the dishes wherein to me, hunger-starven for thee, they served up the sun and the moon. Saint Augustine
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The true servants of God are not solicitous that He should order them to do what they desire to do, but that they may desire to do what He orders them to do. Saint Augustine
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In this one man, the whole Church has been assumed by the Word. (p. 434). Saint Augustine
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There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior's Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them I sleep secure; from them I derive new life. Saint Augustine
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Thy word remaineth for ever, which word now appeareth unto us in the riddle of the clouds, and through the mirror of the heavens, not as it is: because that even we, though the well beloved of thy Son, yet it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. He looked through the lattice of our flesh and he spake us fair, yea, he set us on fire, and we hasten on his scent. But when he shall appear, then shall we be like him, for we shall see him as he is: as he is, Lord, will our sight be, though the time be not yet. Saint Augustine
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Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul's beauty. Saint Augustine
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No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility Saint Augustine
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Teach correctly... Find delight in contemplation. Saint Augustine
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Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power. Saint Augustine
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The measure of charity may be taken from the want of desires. As desires diminish in the soul, charity increases in it; and when it no longer feels any desire, then it possesses perfect charity. Saint Augustine
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Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil. Saint Augustine
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Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself back to me. Lo, I love you, but if my love is too mean, let me love more passionately. I cannot gauge my love, nor know how far it fails, how much more love I need for my life to set its course straight into your arms, never swerving until hidden in the covert of your face. This alone I know, that without you all to me is misery, woe outside myself and woe within, and all wealth but penury, if it is not my God. Saint Augustine
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We speak, but it is God who teaches. Saint Augustine
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You called and shouted and burst my deafness. You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors, and I drew in breath and panted for You. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace. Saint Augustine
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How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity. Saint Augustine
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Where love is, what can be wanting? Where it is not, what can possibly be profitable? Saint Augustine
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The sky and the earth and the waters and the things that are in them, the fishes, and the birds and the trees are not evil. All these are good; it is evil men who make this evil world. Saint Augustine
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Jesus took His flesh from the flesh of Mary Saint Augustine
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Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. Saint Augustine
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In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You. Saint Augustine
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I believe in order to understand Saint Augustine
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We do not sin when we adore Christ in the Eucharist; we do sin when we do not adore Christ in the Eucharist. Saint Augustine
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He who made thee is made in thee. He is made in thee through whom you were made.... Give milk, O mother, to him who is our food; give milk to the bread that comes down from heaven. Saint Augustine
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Cyprian was not issuing a new decree but was keeping to the most solid belief of the Church in order to correct some who thought that infants ought not be baptized before the eighth day after their birth. . . . He agreed with certain of his fellow bishops that a child is able to be duly baptized as soon as he is born. Saint Augustine
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It is better to be cured in the Church than to be cut off from this Body as incurable ... for, as long as the member is still attached to the Body, his cure is not beyond hope, but when he has been cut off, he can neither be treated nor cured. Saint Augustine
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In the Catholic Church, there are many other things which most justly keep me in her bosom. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me in the Church; so does her authority, inaugurated by miracles, nourished by hope, enlarged by love, established by age. The succession of priests keeps me, beginning from the very seat of the Apostle Peter, to whom the Lord, after His resurrection, gave it in charge to feed His sheep (Jn 21:15-19), down to the present episcopate. Saint Augustine
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What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that the bread is the body of Christ and the chalice is the blood of Christ. This has been said very briefly, which may perhaps be sufficient for faith; yet faith does not desire instruction Saint Augustine
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The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied. Saint Augustine
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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. Saint Augustine
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A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot Saint Augustine
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The Gods occupy the loftiest regions, men the lowest, the demons the middle region...They have immortality of body, but passions of the mind in common with men. Saint Augustine
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For a sentence is not complete unless each word, once its syllables have been pronounced, gives way to make room for the next...They are set up on the course of their existence, and the faster they climb towards its zenith, the more they hasten towards the point where they exist no more. Saint Augustine
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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. Saint Augustine
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Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. Saint Augustine
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