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Saint Augustine
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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
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To touch God a little with our mind is a great blessing, to grasp him is impossible. Saint Augustine
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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
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People travel to marvel at the mountains, seas, rivers and stars and they pass right by themselves without astonishment. Saint Augustine
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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
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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
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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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The Devil often transforms himself into an angel to tempt men, some for their instruction, some for their ruin. Saint Augustine
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Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking. Saint Augustine
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Nothing conquers except truth and the victory of truth is love. Saint Augustine
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Late have I loved you, O beauty ever ancient, ever new. Late have I loved you. You have called to me, and have called out, and have shattered my deafness. You have blazed forth with light and have put my blindness to flight! You have sent forth fragrance, and I have drawn in my breath, and I pant after you. I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst after you. You have touched me, and I have burned for your peace. Saint Augustine
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For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall? Saint Augustine
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The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. Saint Augustine
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Before God can deliver us from ourselves, we must undeceive ourselves. Saint Augustine
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All our life goeth like Penelope's web, - what one hour effects the next destroys. Saint Augustine
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I sought Thee at a distance, and did not know that Thou wast near. I sought Thee abroad, and behold, Thou wast within me. Saint Augustine
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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? Saint Augustine
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My mother spoke of Christ to my father, by her feminine and childlike virtues, and, after having borne his violence without a murmur or complaint, gained him at the close of his life to Christ. Saint Augustine
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Now, justification in this life is given to us according to these three things: first by the laver of regeneration by which all sins are forgiven; then, by a struggle with the faults from whose guilt we have been absolved; the third, when our prayer is heard, in which we say: 'Forgive us our debts,' because however bravely we fight against our faults, we are men; but the grace of God so aids as we fight in this corruptible body that there is reason for His hearing us as we ask forgiveness. Saint Augustine
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Sin is Energy in the wrong channel. Saint Augustine
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What do I love when I love my God? Saint Augustine
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A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the seas. This is the time to awaken Christ and let Him remind you of these words Saint Augustine
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The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? 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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Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself. Saint Augustine
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He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms that it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near, but rather he who, whether it be far off or near, awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast hope, and fervent love. 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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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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The argument is at an end. Saint Augustine
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The Old (Testament) is in the New (Testament) revealed, the New is in the Old concealed. Saint Augustine
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Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility. Saint Augustine
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When people truly open their minds, and contemplate the way in which the universe is ordered and governed, they are amazed-overwhelmed by a sense of the miraculous. When people contemplate with open minds the germination of a single seed, they are equally overwhelmed-yet numerous babies are born every day, and no-one marvels. If only people opened their minds, they would see that the birth of a baby, in which a new life is created, is a greater miracle than restoring life. Saint Augustine
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Man has been naturally so created that it is advantageous for him to be submissive, but disastrous for him to follow his own will, and not the will of his creator. Saint Augustine
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An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. "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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For why, my brothers and sisters, would you rejoice in silver? Either your silver will perish, or you will, and no one knows which will perish first. For neither can you remain here always, nor can silver remain here always; so also with gold, wardrobes, houses, money, real estate-and in the end, even the light by which we enjoy all these things. So do not be willing then to rejoice in such things as these. Rejoice instead in the light that has no setting; rejoice in the dawn which no yesterday precedes, and no tomorrow follows. Saint Augustine
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Near our vineyard there was a pear tree laden with fruit that was not attractive in either flavor or form. One night, when I [at the age of sixteen] had played until dark on the sandlot with some other juvenile delinquents, we went to shake that tree and carry off its fruit. From it we carried off huge loads, not to feast on, but to throw to the pigs, although we did eat a few ourselves. We did it just because it was forbidden. Saint Augustine
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Tolle, lege: take up and read. 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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Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness Saint Augustine
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The one who is good, is free even being a slave; the one who is bad remains a slave even being a king. Saint Augustine
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Men are always ready to nose around and find out about other's lives, but they feel lazy to know themselves and correct their own life. Saint Augustine
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A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent. Saint Augustine
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Lord, teach me to know you, and to know myself. Saint Augustine
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No one indeed believes anything unless he has first thought that it it to be believed. Saint Augustine
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Our rewards in heaven are a result of God's crowning His own gifts. Saint Augustine
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One never errs more safely than when one errs by too much loving the truth. Saint Augustine
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The will is truly free, when it is not the slave of vices and sins. Saint Augustine
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Ninety percent of the time things turn out worse than you thought they would. The other ten percent of the time you had no right to expect that much. Saint Augustine
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Whoever seems to himself to have understood the Scriptures in such a way that he does not build up that double love of God and neighbor has not yet understood. Saint Augustine
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Wonderful is the depth of thy words, whose surface is before us, gently leading on the little ones: and yet a wonderful deepness, O my God, a wonderful deepness. It is awe to look into it; even an awfulness of honour, and a trembling of love.... Saint Augustine
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Love has reasons that reason knows not. Saint Augustine
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If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. But once you have said, 'It is enough,' you are lost. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing; Saint Augustine
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Take up and read, take up and read. Saint Augustine
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Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. Saint Augustine
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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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Did my infancy succeed another age of mine that dies before it? Was it that which I spent within my mother's womb?... And what before that life again, O God of my joy, was I anywhere or in any body? Saint Augustine
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The fellow who eggs you on to avenge yourself will rob you of what you were going to say - as we forgive our debtors. When you have forfeited that, all your sins will be held against you; absolutely nothing is forgiven. Saint Augustine
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Christ is not valued at all unless He be valued above all. Saint Augustine
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We are members of this Head, and this body cannot be decapitated. If the Head is in glory forever, so too are the members in glory forever, that Christ may be undivided forever Saint Augustine
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A young man had become possessed by a devil. The thing within him burst into loud lamentation and departed from the man. At once the youth's eye fell out on his cheek, and the whole of the pupil which had been black became white. Saint Augustine
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In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been at all. Saint Augustine
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If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart. Saint Augustine
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We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs. Saint Augustine
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By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity. Saint Augustine
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