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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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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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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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All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself. 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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I read there that God the Word was born not of flesh nor of blood, nor of the will of man, nor the will of the flesh, but of God. But, that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us - I found this nowhere there. Saint Augustine
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Hence, a devout Christian must avoid astrologers and all impious soothsayers, especially when they tell the truth, for fear of leading his soul into error by consorting with demons and entangling himself with the bonds of such association. Saint Augustine
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Rome has spoken; the case is concluded. Saint Augustine
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He who sings prays twice. Saint Augustine
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A report has come back. The proceeding is ended. Saint Augustine
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Indifferent acts are judged by their ends; sins are judged by themselves. Saint Augustine
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War should we waged without love of violence, cruelty, or enmity. Saint Augustine
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To withhold forgiveness is to take poison and expect the unforgiven to die. Saint Augustine
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Therefore once for all this short command is given to you. 'Love and do what you will.' If you keep silent, keep silent by love; if you speak, speak by love; if you correct, correct by love; if you pardon, pardon by love: let love be rooted in you, and from the root nothing but good can grow. Saint Augustine
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Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee. Saint Augustine
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God's love is unconditional. Be sure that yours is too! Saint Augustine
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The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience. Saint Augustine
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Except he be willing, man cannot believe. 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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Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things which it is base to desire. Saint Augustine
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Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desirest to attain to what thou art not. Saint Augustine
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Now, may our God be our hope. He Who made all things is better than all things. He Who made all beautiful things is more beautiful than all of them. He Who made all mighty things is more mighty than all of them. He Who made all great things is greater than all of them. Learn to love the Creator in His creature, and the maker in what He has made. Saint Augustine
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The reward of patience Is patience. Saint Augustine
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God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good. Saint Augustine
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If faith fails, prayer perishes. Saint Augustine
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Salvation is God's way of making us real people. Saint Augustine
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I inquired what wickedness is, and I didn't find a substance, but a perversity of will twisted away from the highest substance - You, O God - towards inferior things, rejecting its own inner life and swelling with external matters. Saint Augustine
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They who shall enter into [the] joy [of the Lord] shall know what is going on outside in the outer darkness. . .The saints'. . . knowledge, which shall be great, shall keep them acquainted. . .with the eternal sufferings of the lost. 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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Really great things, when discussed by little men, can usually make such men grow big. Saint Augustine
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You say to me 'Show me your God.' I answer you, 'Everything you see in your heart that might sadden God, remove.' Saint Augustine
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I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so. Saint Augustine
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As to those other things which we hold on the authority, not of Scripture, but of tradition, and which are observed throughout the whole world, it may be understood that they are held as approved and instituted either by the apostles themselves, or by plenary Councils, whose authority in the Church is most useful, e.g. the annual commemoration, by special solemnities, of the Lord's passion, resurrection, and ascension, and of the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven, and whatever else is in like manner observed by the whole Church wherever it has been established. Saint Augustine
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Such then in number and importance are the precious ties belonging to the Christian name which keep a believer in the Catholic Church, as it is right they should ... With you, where there is none of these things to attract or keep me... No one shall move me from the faith which binds my mind with ties so many and so strong to the Christian religion... For my part, I should not believe the gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church. Saint Augustine
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In the usual course of study I had come to a book of a certain Cicero. Saint Augustine
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Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers. Thus you will ever burn with fraternal love, both for him who is already your brother and for your enemy, that he may by loving become your brother. Saint Augustine
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The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell. Saint Augustine
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Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee. Saint Augustine
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He who is filled with love is filled with God himself. Saint Augustine
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Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained. Saint Augustine
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I make bold to say that it is profitable for the proud to fall, in order that they may be humbled in that for which they have exalted themselves. Saint Augustine
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He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much. Saint Augustine
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You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones. Saint Augustine
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The entire most beautiful order of things that are very good, when their measures have been accomplished, is to pass away. Saint Augustine
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Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God. Saint Augustine
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The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience. Saint Augustine
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We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation. Saint Augustine
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God's faithful servant has no desire for people to say or to give to him, or what he likes to hear or see, for his first and greatest aim is to hear what is most pleasing to God. Saint Augustine
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I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed. Saint Augustine
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Indifferent acts are judged by their ends sins are judged by themselves. Saint Augustine
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Sin is looking for the right thing in the wrong place. Saint Augustine
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We enjoy some gratification when our good friends die; for though their death leaves us in sorrow, we have the consolatory assurance that they are beyond the ills by which in this life even the best of people are broken down or corrupted. Saint Augustine
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God gives where he finds empty hands. Saint Augustine
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When all is said and done, is there any more wonderful sight, any moment when man's reason is nearer to some sort of contact with the nature of the world than the sowing of seeds, the planting of cuttings, the transplanting of shrubs or the grafting of slips? Saint Augustine
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Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others. Saint Augustine
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The Heavenly City outshines Rome beyond comparison. There, instead of victory, is truth; instead of high rank, holiness; instead of peace, felicity; instead of life, eternity, Saint Augustine
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Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance. Saint Augustine
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Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times. Saint Augustine
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The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance. The mind commands the hand to move, and it so easy that one hardly distinguishes the order from its execution. Yet mind is mind and hand is body. The mind orders the mind to will. The recipient of the order is itself, yet it does not perform it. Saint Augustine
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The soul is "torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity. Saint Augustine
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Our Lord reserved to Himself certain things which He would do in due time in a manner outside the course and order of nature, so that they would wonder and be astonished at seeing not great but unusual things, who are unmoved by things daily seen. For the government of the world is a greater miracle than feeding five thousand men from five loaves; yet at the former no one wonders, the latter astonishes all men: not as a greater wonder, but as a rarer. Saint Augustine
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