Saint Augustine Quotes & Wallpapers

Saint Augustine
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Where love is, what can be wanting? Where it is not, what can possibly be profitable? Saint Augustine

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

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

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. Saint Augustine

No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more. Saint Augustine

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. Saint Augustine

Custom is second nature. Saint Augustine

Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor. Saint Augustine

O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will. Saint Augustine

Anger is a weed; hate is a tree Saint Augustine

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me. Saint Augustine

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not himself, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin. Saint Augustine

For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: 'And the angel that spoke in me, said to me...' He does not say, 'Spoke to me' but 'Spoke in me'... Saint Augustine

The bread that you see on the altar is the Body of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God's word. The chalice, or better what is contained in the chalice, is the Blood of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God's word Saint Augustine

Seek not abroad, for in the inner man dwells the truth. Saint Augustine

Let those who think I have said too little and those who think I have said too much, forgive me; and let those who think I have said just enough thank God with me. Saint Augustine

The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home. Saint Augustine

Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I'm in misery. Saint Augustine

I err therefore I am. Saint Augustine

And how shall I call upon my God, my God and Lord, since, when I call for Him, I shall be calling Him to myself? and what room is there within me, whither my God can come into me? whither can God come into me, God who made heaven and earth? is there, indeed, O Lord my God, aught in me that can contain thee? Saint Augustine

Hear, O God. Alas, for man's sin! So saith man, and Thou pitiest him; for Thou madest him, but sin is in him Thou madest not. Who remindeth me of the sins of my infancy? for in Thy sight none is pure from sin, not even the infant whose life is but a day upon the earth. Saint Augustine

Charity is the root of all good works. Saint Augustine

The one who is our very Life descended into our world, and bore our death, and slew it with the abundance of His own life. Thundering, He called out to us to return to Him in heaven. Saint Augustine

You don't love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers. Saint Augustine

We should never use the truth to wound. Saint Augustine

Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold, Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. Thou was with me when I was not with Thee. Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispell my blindness. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace. For Thyself Thou hast made us, and restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease. Late have I loved Thee, Thou Beauty ever old and ever new. Thou hast burst my bonds asunder; unto Thee will I offer up an offering of praise. Saint Augustine

Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity. Saint Augustine

Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, 'Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.' Saint Augustine

Solvitur ambulando . . . it is solved by walking. Saint Augustine

He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother. Saint Augustine

Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself? Saint Augustine

God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined. Saint Augustine

Between urine and filth we are born. Saint Augustine

If the future and the past really exist, where are they? Saint Augustine

O that men would know themselves to be men; and that he that glorieth would glory in the Lord. Saint Augustine

Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline. Saint Augustine

Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless until it repose in Thee. Saint Augustine

The moral conscience is a truly primitive faculty; it is a particular manner of feeling which corresponds to the goodness of moral actions, as taste is a manner of feeling which corresponds to beauty. Love men, immolate error. Saint Augustine

Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms. Saint Augustine

Cantare amantis est ... Singing belongs to one who loves." (s. 336, 1 - PL 38, 1472). Saint Augustine

Furthermore, what profit was it to me that I, rascally slave of selfish ambitions that I was, read and understood by myself as many books as I could get concerning the so-called liberal arts?...I had turned my back to the light and my face to the things it illuminated, and so no light played upon my own face, or on the eyes that perceived them. Saint Augustine

O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; open the ears of my heart and say to my soul, I am your salvation. Let me run toward this voice and seize hold of you. Do not hide your face from me: let me die so that I may see it, for not to see it would be death to me indeed. Saint Augustine

If But for the Mercy of my Lord, that my paradise becomes a woman's hell. Saint Augustine

Although God is all powerful, He is unable to give more; though supremely wise, He knows not how to give more; though vastly rich, He has not more to give. Saint Augustine

I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me. Saint Augustine

The custom of Mother Church in baptizing infants is certainly not to be scorned, nor is it to be regarded in any way as superfluous, nor is it to be believed that its tradition is anything except apostolic. Saint Augustine

Wicked sons do not have the Holy Ghost in the same way as do beloved sons, and yet they do have Baptism. So, too, heretics do not have the Church as Catholics have, even though they have Baptism. Saint Augustine

He indeed possesses the Character imposed on him, but he wanders as a renegade. Saint Augustine

Heretics think false things about God and call it their faith. Saint Augustine

The law detects, grace alone conquers sin. Saint Augustine

It is this one Spirit who makes it possible for an infant to be regenerated . . . when that infant is brought to baptism; and it is through this one Spirit that the infant so presented is reborn. For it is not written, 'Unless a man be born again by the will of his parents' or 'by the faith of those presenting him or ministering to him,' but, 'Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit.' The water, therefore, manifesting exteriorly the sacrament of grace, and the Spirit effecting interiorly the benefit of grace, both regenerate in one Christ that man who was generated in Adam. Saint Augustine

If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say, "It is enough," you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal. Saint Augustine

A brotherly person rejoices on my account when he approves me, but when he disapproves, he is loving me. To such people I will reveal myself. They will take heart from my good traits, and sigh with sadness at my bad ones. My good points are instilled by you and are your gifts. My bad points are my faults and your judgements on them. Let them take heart from the one and regret the other. Let both praise and tears ascend in your sight from brotherly hearts, your censers. ...But you Lord...Make perfect my imperfections. Saint Augustine

Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men. Saint Augustine

It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage (as we have proved, and are daily proving by actual experiment), in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching, or might follow out in act what they had already learned in word. Saint Augustine

It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error. Saint Augustine

Eternity is the now that does not pass away. Saint Augustine

Not all, nor even a majority, are saved. . . They are indeed many, if regarded by themselves, but they are few in comparison with the far larger number of those who shall be punished with the devil. Saint Augustine

Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves. Saint Augustine

Who else is it who calls us back from the death of error, except the life that does not know death, and the wisdom which, needing no light, enlightens minds which are in darkness, that wisdom by which the whole world, even to the leaves of trees drifting in the wind, is governed? Saint Augustine

Whoever, therefore, thinks that he understands the divine scriptures or any part of them so that it does not build on the double love of God and of our neighbor does not understand it at all. Thus a man supported by faith, hope, and charity, with an unshaken hold upon them does not need the scriptures. . . And many live by these three things in solitude without books. Saint Augustine

His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation. Saint Augustine

Why is it that we remember with difficulty and without difficulty forget? Learn with difficulty and without difficulty remain ignorant? Saint Augustine

Sin is to a nature what blindness is to an eye. The blindness of an evil or defect which is a witness to the fact that the eye was created to see the light and, hence, the very lack of sight is the proof that the eye was meant... to be the one particularly capable of seeing the light. Were it not for this capacity, there would be no reason to think of blindness as a misforture. Saint Augustine

We count on God's mercy for our past mistakes, on God's love for our present needs, on God's sovereignty for our future. Saint Augustine

The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest. Saint Augustine

I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it. Saint Augustine

Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart. Saint Augustine

And yet I do love a kind of light, melody, fragrance, food, embracement when I love my God; for He is the light, the melody, the fragrance, the food, the embracement of my inner self - there where is a brillance that space cannot contain, a sound that time cannot carry away, a perfume that no breeze disperses, a taste undimisnished by eating, a clinging together that no saiety will sunder. This is what I love when I love my God. Saint Augustine

I am convinced that in all history there has never been a greater need to Pray for our Pastors than exists right now! Pastors are experiencing an unprecedented wave of attacks, stresses, challenges. obstacles. pressures. Saint Augustine

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