Saint Augustine Quotes & Wallpapers

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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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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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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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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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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Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine
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Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act. Saint Augustine
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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty. Saint Augustine
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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. Saint Augustine
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If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me? Saint Augustine
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The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer. Saint Augustine
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We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress.We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. Saint Augustine
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Try to acquire the virtues you believe lacking in your brothers. Then you will no longer see their defects, for you will no longer have them yourself. Saint Augustine
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Why is it that man desires to be made sad, beholding doleful and tragical things, which yet himself would by no means suffer? Saint Augustine
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The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world is not only that we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so. Our very nature requires it of us. Saint Augustine
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People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering... Now, let us acknowledge the wonder of our physical incarnation- that we are here, in these particular bodies, at this particular time, in these particular circumstances. May we never take for granted the gift of our individuality. Saint Augustine
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You are surprised that the world is losing its grip? That the world is grown old? Don't hold onto the old man, the world; don't refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you: 'The world is passing away; the world is losing its grip; the world is short of breath. Don't fear, your youth shall be renewed as an eagle.' Saint Augustine
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That one woman is both mother and virgin, not in spirit only but even in body. In spirit she is mother, not of our head, who is our Savior himself-of whom all, even she herself, are rightly called children of the bridegroom-but plainly she is the mother of us who are his members, because by love she has cooperated so that the faithful, who are the members of that head, might be born in the Church. In body, indeed, she is the Mother of that very head. Saint Augustine
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You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness. Saint Augustine
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He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon. Saint Augustine
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I acknowledge Thee, Lord of heaven and earth, and praise Thee for my first rudiments of being, and my infancy, whereof I remember nothing; for Thou hast appointed that man should from others guess much as to himself; and believe much on the strength of weak females. Saint Augustine
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Don't hold yourselves cheap, seeing that the creator of all things and of you estimates your value so high, so dear, that he pours out for you every day the most precious blood of his only-begotten Son. Saint Augustine
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Unjust laws aren't laws at all. Saint Augustine
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Whoever is still seeking for miracles so that he may believe is himself a wonder, who does not believe while the world around him does. Saint Augustine
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What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor. Saint Augustine
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When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame. Saint Augustine
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It was not the visible sun, but its invisible Creator who consecrated this day for us, when the Virgin Mother, fertile of womb and integral in her virginity, brought him forth, made visible for us, by whom, when he was invisible, she too was created. A Virgin conceiving, a Virgin bearing, a Virgin pregnant, a Virgin bringing forth, a Virgin perpetual. Why do you wonder at this, O man? Saint Augustine
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To dye oneself with paints in order to have a rosier or a paler complexion is a lying counterfeit. Saint Augustine
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In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this thing or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God. Saint Augustine
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If bodies please thee, praise God on occasion of them, and turn back thy love upon their Maker; lest in these things which please thee, thou displease. If souls please thee, be they loved in God: for they too are mutable, but in Him they are firmly established. Saint Augustine
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God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. Saint Augustine
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Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself. Saint Augustine
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Without the Spirit we can neither love God nor keep His commandments. Saint Augustine
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Was it for my good that the rein was laid loose, as it were, upon me, for me to sin? or was it not laid loose? If not, why does it still echo in our ears on all sides, "Let him alone, let him do as he will, for he is not yet baptized?" but as to bodily health, no one says, "Let him be worse wounded, for he is not yet healed." How much better then, had I been at once healed; and then, by my friends' diligence and my own, my soul's recovered health had been kept safe in Thy keeping who gavest it. Saint Augustine
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The greatest kindness one can render to any man is leading him to truth. Saint Augustine
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A marriage without children is the world without the sun. Saint Augustine
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If by fate anyone means the will or power of God, let him keep his meaning but mend his language; for fate commonly means a necessary process which will have its way apart from the will of God and men. Saint Augustine
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When I come to be united to thee with all my being, then there will be no more pain and toil for me, and my life shall be a real life, being wholly filled by thee. Saint Augustine
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So you see how endlessly futile and fruitless it would be if we wanted to refute their objections every time they obstinately resolved not to think through what they say but merely to speak, just so long as they contradict our arguments in any way they can. Saint Augustine
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And there, in Abraham's bosom, whatever it be which that bosom signifies, lives my sweet friend. For what other place is there for such a soul? Saint Augustine
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To seek the greatest good is to live well, and to live well is nothing other than to love God with the whole heart, the whole soul, and the whole mind: It is therefore obvious that this love must be kept whole and uncorrupt, that is temperance; it should not be overcome with difficulties, that is fortitude, it must not be subservient to anything else, that is justice; it must discriminate among things so as not to be deceived by falsity or fraud, that is prudence. Saint Augustine
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It is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains to grace, it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty. Saint Augustine
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Love and say it with your life. Saint Augustine
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Give what You command and command what You will. Saint Augustine
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The way to Christ is first through humility, second through humility, and third through humility. If humility does not precede and accompany and follow every good work we do, if it is not before us to focus on, it it is not beside us to lean upon, if it is not behind us to fence us in, pride will wrench from our hand any good deed we do at the very moment we do it. Saint Augustine
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Lord Jesus, don't let me lie when I say that I love you.....and protect me, for today I could betray you. Saint Augustine
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I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within Saint Augustine
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Any woman who does not give birth to as many children as she is capable is guilty of murder. Saint Augustine
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God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed. Saint Augustine
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Moreover, from the time when He said, 'Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven;' and again, 'He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it; ' no one becomes a member of Christ except it be either by baptism in Christ, or death for Christ. Saint Augustine
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For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them. Saint Augustine
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Our life is a gymnasium of desire.... When Christians say "God," what do we wish to express? This word is all that we yearn for." Saint Augustine
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O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by. Saint Augustine
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Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence. Saint Augustine
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Love can be angry... with a kind of anger in which there is no gall, like the dove's and not the ravens. Saint Augustine
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