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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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Then assuredly the world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time. Saint Augustine
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Men go forth to wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the ocean, the course of the stars-and forget to wonder at themselves. Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself. Saint Augustine
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Men go forth to marvel at the height of mountains, and the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the vastness of the ocean, the orbits of the stars, and yet they neglect to marvel at themselves. Variant: Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by. Saint Augustine
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Poetry is devil's wine. Saint Augustine
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One generation and another generation; the generation by which we are made the faithful, and are born again by baptism; the generation by which we shall rise again from the dead, and shall live with the Angels for ever. Saint Augustine
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Although among heretics and schismatics there is the same Baptism, nevertheless, the remission of sins is not operative among them because of the very rottenness of discord and wickedness of dissension ... Baptism was in them, but it did not profit them outside the Church ... Outside the Church, Baptism works death because of discord. Saint Augustine
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O Master, make me chaste, but not yet! Saint Augustine
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What is held by the whole Church, and that not as instituted by Councils, but as a matter of invariable custom, is rightly held to have been handed down by authority. Saint Augustine
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The customs of God's people and the institutions of our ancestors are to be considered as laws. And those who throw contempt on the customs of the Church ought to be punished as those who disobey the law of God. Saint Augustine
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If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love. Saint Augustine
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Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you. Saint Augustine
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Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels. 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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Never judge a philosophy by its abuse. 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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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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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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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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Two criminals were crucified with Christ. One was saved; do not despair. One was not; do not presume. 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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Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. Saint Augustine
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God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail. 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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It is not with respect to our convenience or discomfort, but with respect to their own nature that the creatures are glorifying to their Artificer. Saint Augustine
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All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me. Saint Augustine
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Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739 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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When we read a book, our most essential trait - imagination - is given the opportunity to soar. Saint Augustine
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Punishment is justice for the unjust. Saint Augustine
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Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart. Saint Augustine
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The soul, which is spirit, can not dwell in dust; it is carried along to dwell in the blood. 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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It is love that asks, that seeks, that knocks, that finds, and that is faithful to what it finds. 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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Let no one flatter himself; of himself he is Satan. Let man take sin, which is his own, and leave righteousness with God. Saint Augustine
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Learn to dance, so when you get to heaven the angels know what to do with you. Saint Augustine
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Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good. Saint Augustine
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I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition even before it loses them. Saint Augustine
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The Church even now is the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of heaven. Accordingly, even now His saints reign with Him, though otherwise than as they shall reign hereafter; and yet, though the tares grow in the Church along with the wheat, they do not reign with Him. For they reign with Him who do what the apostle says, 'If you are risen with Christ, mind the things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Seek those things which are above, not the things which are on the earth' Saint Augustine
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The Lord says, 'Whoever has, to him shall be given' (Mt. 13:12). He will give, then, to those who have; that is to say, if they use freely and cheerfully what they have received, He will add to and perfect His gifts. Saint Augustine
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... at the beginning of the human race the woman was made of a rib taken from the side of the man while he slept; for it seemed fit that even then Christ and His Church should be foreshadowed in this event. For that sleep of the man was the death of Christ, whose side, as He hung lifeless upon the Cross, was pierced with a spear, and there flowed from it blood and water, and these we know to be the sacraments by which the Church is built up. Saint Augustine
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Because a thing is eloquently expressed it should not be taken to be as necessarily true; nor because it is uttered with stammering lips should it be supposed false. 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. Saint Augustine
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You wish to be great, begin from the least. You are thinking to construct some mighty fabric in height; first think of the foundation of humility. And how great soever a mass of building one may wish and design to place above it, the greater the building is to be, the deeper does he dig his foundation. Saint Augustine
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The love of our neighbor hath its bounds in each man's love of himself. Saint Augustine
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When I seek you, my God, I seek a blessed life. I shall seek you, so that my soul may live. Saint Augustine
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We are and we know we are and we love to be it and know it. Saint Augustine
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Purity of soul cannot be lost without consent. Saint Augustine
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All diseases of Christians are to be ascribed to demons; chiefly do they torment freshly-baptized Christians, yea, even the guiltless new-born infants. Saint Augustine
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Can any praise be worthy of the Lord's majesty? Saint Augustine
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In all your movements, let nothing be evident that would offend the eyes of another. Saint Augustine
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This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God. Saint Augustine
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Every morning you put on your clothes to cover your nakedness and protect your body from inclement weather. Why don't you also clothe your soul with the garment of faith? Remember each morning the truths of your creed, and look at yourself in the mirror of your faith. Otherwise, your soul will soon be naked with the nakedness of oblivion. Saint Augustine
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