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Saint Augustine
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Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. Saint Augustine
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No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more. Saint Augustine
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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
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Custom is second nature. Saint Augustine
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Give me chastity and continence, but not just now. Saint Augustine
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While the best men are guided by love, most men are still goaded by fear. Saint Augustine
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Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil, since while doing away with evils it would do away with many good things, which would hinder the advance of the common good. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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Anger is a weed; hate is a tree Saint Augustine
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I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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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
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Seek not abroad, for in the inner man dwells the truth. Saint Augustine
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Love God, and do what you like. Saint Augustine
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What matters it to me if someone does not understand this? Let him too rejoice and say, "What is this?" Let him rejoice even at this, and let him love to find you while not finding it out, rather than, while finding it out, not to find you. Saint Augustine
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If you comprehend, it is not God. Saint Augustine
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The dove loves when it quarrels; the wolf hates when it flatters. Saint Augustine
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We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God . Saint Augustine
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Charity is the root of all good works. Saint Augustine
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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
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You don't love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers. Saint Augustine
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We should never use the truth to wound. Saint Augustine
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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
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Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity. Saint Augustine
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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
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Solvitur ambulando . . . it is solved by walking. Saint Augustine
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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
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I err therefore I am. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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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
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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
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It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error. Saint Augustine
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I was unhappy and so is every soul unhappy which is tied to its love for mortal things; when it loses them, it is torn in pieces, and it is then that it comes to realize the unhappiness which was there even before it lost them. Saint Augustine
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Love, and do what you will. If you keep silence, do it out of love. If you cry out, do it out of love. If you refrain from punishing, do it out of love. Saint Augustine
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Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms. Saint Augustine
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God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. Saint Augustine
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O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams. Saint Augustine
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We made bad use of immortality, and so ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up living. 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 as they are. Saint Augustine
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Your persistent longing is your persistent voice. But when love grows cold, the heart grows silent. Burning love is the outcry of the heart! If you are filled with longing all the time, you will keep crying out, and if your love perseveres, your cry will be heard without fail. Saint Augustine
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Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, "I will never abandon you, I will always be with you." If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you doubt? Do you seek a support more sure than the word of God, which is infallible? Surely, He has made the promise, He has written it, He has pledged His word for it, it is most certain. Saint Augustine
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We take for granted the slow miracle whereby water in the irrigation of a vineyard becomes wine. It is only when Christ turns water into wine, in a quick motion, as it were, that we stand amazed. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation. Saint Augustine
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Why is it that we remember with difficulty and without difficulty forget? Learn with difficulty and without difficulty remain ignorant? Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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Between urine and filth we are born. Saint Augustine
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What is perfection in love? Love your enemies in such a way that you would desire to make them your brothers ... For so did He love, Who hanging on the Cross, said "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34) Saint Augustine
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Give what you command, and command what you will. You impose continency on us. Saint Augustine
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We make a ladder of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot. Saint Augustine
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Anger is a weed; hate is the tree. Saint Augustine
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When the apostle James was talking about faith and works against those who thought their faith was enough, and didn't want to have good works, he said, You believe God is one; you do well; the demons also believe, and tremble. Saint Augustine
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When the Head and members are despised, then the whole Christ is despised, for the whole Christ, Head and body, is that just man against whom deceitful lips speak iniquity (Ps. 30:19). (p. 425). Saint Augustine
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Eternity is the now that does not pass away. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves. Saint Augustine
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Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline. Saint Augustine
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He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother. Saint Augustine
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Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself? Saint Augustine
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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
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I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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He indeed possesses the Character imposed on him, but he wanders as a renegade. Saint Augustine
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