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Saint Augustine
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My love is my weight. Because of it, I move. Saint Augustine
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If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven... Saint Augustine
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Love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine
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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine
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Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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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
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So if you can manage it, you shouldn't touch your partner, except for the sake of having children. Saint Augustine
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Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs. Saint Augustine
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God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. Saint Augustine
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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. Saint Augustine
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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
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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr. Saint Augustine
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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine
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Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence. Saint Augustine
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Ex Malo Bounum (good out of evil). Saint Augustine
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Though there are very many nations all over the earth, ...there are no more than two kinds of human society, which we may justly call two cities, ...one consisting of those who live according to man, the other of those who live according to God ....To the City of Man belong the enemies of God, ...so inflamed with hatred against the City of God. Saint Augustine
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Hell was made for the inquisitive. Saint Augustine
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Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal. Saint Augustine
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Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour. Saint Augustine
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Choose to love whomsoever thou wilt: all else will follow. Saint Augustine
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Understanding is the wages of faith. Saint Augustine
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Keep on adding, keep on walking, keep on progressing: do not delay on the road, do not go back, do not deviate. Saint Augustine
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When I am here, I do not fast on Saturday; when at Rome, I do fast on Saturday. Saint Augustine
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As a youth I prayed, Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. Saint Augustine
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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
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To Carthage then I came, where all about me resounded a cauldron of dissolute loves. Saint Augustine
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Give me chastity and continency-but not yet! Saint Augustine
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Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace . Saint Augustine
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One can't reach the Truth but trough Love. Saint Augustine
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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
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The truth is like a lion; you do' have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. Saint Augustine
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Beware of bad Catholics. Saint Augustine
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Love, and do what you will. If you are silent, be silent for love; or if you cry out, cry out for love. If you chastise, chastise for love; if you spare, spare for love. Saint Augustine
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If you should ask me what are the ways of God, I would tell you that the first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is humility. Not that there are no other precepts to give, but if humility does not preceed all that we do, our efforts are fruitless. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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Things are solved by walking around. Saint Augustine
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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
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Better that I find you, God, and leave the questions unanswered, than to find the answers without finding you. Saint Augustine
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Without God, man cannot, and without man, God will not. Saint Augustine
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Peace is not sought in order to provoke war, but war is waged in order to attain peace. Saint Augustine
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In what is necessary, unity; in what is not necessary, liberty and in all things charity. Saint Augustine
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He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing. Saint Augustine
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It's not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds. Saint Augustine
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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
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There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other. Saint Augustine
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And I entered and beheld with the eye of my soul... the Light Unchangeable... He that knows the Truth, knows what that Light is; and he that knows It, knows Eternity. Saint Augustine
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The Sacraments are the salvation of those who use them rightly, and the damnation of those who misuse them. Saint Augustine
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What is more insane than to be partakers of the Sacraments of the Lord and not partakers of the words of the Lord? These men truly have to say: "In Thy Name we have eaten and drunk," and they will have to hear: "I do not know you!" (Luke 13:26-27). They eat and drink His Body and Blood in the Sacrament and do not recognize in the Gospel His members spread over the whole world, and for this reason they are not numbered among them at the Judgment. Saint Augustine
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That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and some more quickly in the greater or lesser degree in which they loved the good things that perish, through a certain purgatorial fire. Saint Augustine
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Just think of the illimitable abundance and the marvelous loveliness of light, or of the beauty of the sun and moon and stars. Saint Augustine
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To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things. Saint Augustine
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When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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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
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Lord, thou madest us for thyself, and we can find no rest till we find rest in thee. Saint Augustine
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What is time? If I am not asked, I know; if I am asked, I don't. Saint Augustine
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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
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What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not. Saint Augustine
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Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel. Saint Augustine
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Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness. Saint Augustine
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Just as it is agreed that we all wish to be happy, so it is that we all wish to be wise, since no one without wisdom is happy. Saint Augustine
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Yet we must say something when those who say the most are saying nothing. Saint Augustine
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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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What do I love when I love my God? Saint Augustine
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Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it. Saint Augustine
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They the hazers or eversores were rightly called Overturners, since they had themselves been first overturned and perverted, tricked by those same devils who were secretly mocking them in the very acts by which they amused themselves in mocking and making fools of others. Saint Augustine
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