Saint Augustine Quotes & Wallpapers

Saint Augustine
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God gives where he finds empty hands. Saint Augustine

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

Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others. Saint Augustine

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

In the usual course of study I had come to a book of a certain Cicero. Saint Augustine

You say to me 'Show me your God.' I answer you, 'Everything you see in your heart that might sadden God, remove.' Saint Augustine

I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so. Saint Augustine

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

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

Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance. Saint Augustine

Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour. Saint Augustine

Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal. Saint Augustine

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

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

One can't reach the Truth but trough Love. Saint Augustine

Remove justice, and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a large scale?... A gang is a group of men... in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy... acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues people, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom. Saint Augustine

Often a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other parts of the world, about the motions and orbits of the stars and even their sizes and distances... and this knowledge he holds with certainty from reason and experience. It is thus offensive and disgraceful for an unbeliever to hear a Christian talk nonsense about such things, claiming that what he is saying is based in Scripture. We should do all that we can to avoid such an embarrassing situation, which people see as ignorance in the Christian and laugh to scorn. Saint Augustine

Better that I find you, God, and leave the questions unanswered, than to find the answers without finding you. Saint Augustine

Without God, man cannot, and without man, God will not. Saint Augustine

Peace is not sought in order to provoke war, but war is waged in order to attain peace. Saint Augustine

They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them. Saint Augustine

Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that neither may your wisdom be with pride, nor your humility without wisdom. Saint Augustine

Things are solved by walking around. Saint Augustine

To Carthage then I came, where all about me resounded a cauldron of dissolute loves. Saint Augustine

Give me chastity and continency-but not yet! Saint Augustine

When I am here, I do not fast on Saturday; when at Rome, I do fast on Saturday. Saint Augustine

As a youth I prayed, Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. Saint Augustine

He who disdained not to assume us unto Himself, did not disdain to take our place and speak our words, in order that we might speak His words. Saint Augustine

He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing. Saint Augustine

The truth is like a lion; you do' have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. Saint Augustine

In what is necessary, unity; in what is not necessary, liberty and in all things charity. Saint Augustine

The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. (City of God, Book 19) Saint Augustine

A very weighty argument is this namely, that neither does the light which descends from thence, chiefly upon the world , mix itself with anything, nor admit of dirtiness or pollution, but remains entirely, and in all things that are, free from defilement, admixture, and suffering. Saint Augustine

It is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him who is in every place, but by the cultivation of pure desires and virtuous habits. Saint Augustine

I too have sworn heedlessly and all the time, I have had this most repulsive and death-dealing habit. I'm telling your graces; from the moment I began to serve God , and saw what evil there is in forswearing oneself, I grew very afraid indeed, and out of fear I applied the brakes to this old, old, habit. Saint Augustine

So if you can manage it, you shouldn't touch your partner, except for the sake of having children. Saint Augustine

Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs. Saint Augustine

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. Saint Augustine

Love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine

Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee. Saint Augustine

My love is my weight. Because of it, I move. Saint Augustine

Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace . Saint Augustine

Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. Saint Augustine

What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels. Saint Augustine

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr. Saint Augustine

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things. Saint Augustine

When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace. Saint Augustine

Who would not shudder if he were given the choice of eternal death or life again as a child ? Who would not choose to die ? Saint Augustine

For if it is not lawful to take the law into our own hands and slay even a guilty person, whose death no public sentence has warranted. Then certainly he who kills himself is a homicide, and so much the guiltier of his own death as he was more innocent of that offence for which he doomed himself to die. Saint Augustine

In no passage of the holy canonical books there can be found either divine precept or permission to take away our own life, whether for the sake of entering on the enjoyment of immortality, or of shunning, or ridding ourselves of anything whatever. Nay, the law, rightly interpreted, even prohibits suicide, where it says, 'Thou shalt not kill.' This is proved especially by the omission of the words "thy neighbor," which are inserted when false witness is forbidden. Saint Augustine

Lord, thou madest us for thyself, and we can find no rest till we find rest in thee. Saint Augustine

What is time? If I am not asked, I know; if I am asked, I don't. Saint Augustine

Woman does not possess the image of God in herself but only when taken together with the male who is her head, so that the whole substance is one image. But when she is assigned the role as helpmate, a function that pertains to her alone, then she is not the image of God. But as far as the man is concerned, he is by himself alone the image of God just as fully and completely as when he and the woman are joined together into one. Saint Augustine

What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not. Saint Augustine

Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel. Saint Augustine

Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness. Saint Augustine

He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist. Saint Augustine

What art Thou then, my God? what, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong; stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all-changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet nothing lacking; supporting, filling, and overspreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things. Saint Augustine

Every city is a living body. Saint Augustine

Poetry is the Devil's wine. Saint Augustine

Ignorance itself is without a doubt a sin for those who do not wish to understand; for those who, however, cannot understand, it is the punishment of sin. Saint Augustine

To touch God a little with our mind is a great blessing, to grasp him is impossible. Saint Augustine

Nobody should ever doubt that in the washing of rebirth (Titus 3:5) absolutely all sins, from the least to the greatest, are altogether forgiven. Saint Augustine

People travel to marvel at the mountains, seas, rivers and stars and they pass right by themselves without astonishment. Saint Augustine

For, were it not good that evil things should also exist, the omnipotent God would almost certainly not allow evil to be, since beyond doubt it is just as easy for Him not to allow what He does not will, as for Him to do what He will. Saint Augustine

Of this I am certain, that no one has ever died who was not destined to die some time. Now the end of life puts the longest life on a par with the shortest. . . . And of what consequence is it what kind of death puts an end to life, since he who has died once is not forced to go through the same ordeal a second time? They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them. Saint Augustine

Yet we must say something when those who say the most are saying nothing. Saint Augustine

What then, is correctness of speech but the maintenance of the practice of others, as established by the authority of ancient speakers? But the weaker men are, the more they are troubled by such matters. Their weakness stems from a desire to appear learned, not with a knowledge of things, by which we are edified, but with a knowledge of signs, by which it is difficult not to be puffed up in some way; even a knowledge of things often makes people boastful, unless their necks are held down by the Lord's yoke. Saint Augustine



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