Saint Augustine Quotes & Wallpapers

Saint Augustine
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For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see? Saint Augustine

I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new! Saint Augustine

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity. It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which man should not wish to learn. Saint Augustine

Hope has two lovely daughters, anger and courage. Saint Augustine

I do not comprehend all that I am. Is the mind, therefore, too limited to possess itself? Saint Augustine

The playthings of our elders are called business. Saint Augustine

What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know. Saint Augustine

You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. Saint Augustine

Your best servant is the person who does not attend so much to hearing what he himself wants as to willing what he has heard from you. Saint Augustine

A Christian man is on his guard with respect to those who philosophize according to the elements of this world, not according to God, by Whom the world itself was made; for he is warned by the precept of the apostle and faithfully hears what has been said, 'Beware that no one deceive you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the elements of the world' Saint Augustine

I became evil for no reason. I had no motive for my wickedness except wickedness itself. It was foul, and I loved it. I loved the self-destruction, I loved my fall, not the object for which I had fallen but my fall itself. My depraved soul leaped down from your firmament to ruin. I was seeking not to gain anything by shameful means, but shame for its own sake. Saint Augustine

For God loves saving, not condemning, and therefore He is patient with bad people, in order to make good people out of bad people. Saint Augustine

Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive. Saint Augustine

What is reprehensible is that while leading good lives themselves and abhorring those of wicked men, some, fearing to offend, shut their eyes to evil deeds instead of condemning them and pointing out their malice. Saint Augustine

To sing is to pray twice. Saint Augustine

Whatever skills I have acquired, whatever gifts I have been given, I place them at Your service. Saint Augustine

The heart of man is restless until he finds rest in Thee. Saint Augustine

It is a sin to judge any man by his post Saint Augustine

For what is time? ... Who can even in thought comprehend it, so as to utter a word about it? ... If no one asks me, I know: If I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not .... Saint Augustine

What can be hoped for which is not believed? Saint Augustine

Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul. Saint Augustine

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous ones; and all for your love's sake. Amen. Saint Augustine

Love is ever new because it never groweth old. Saint Augustine

To my God a heart of flame; To my fellow man a heart of love; To myself a heart of steel. Saint Augustine

A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing. Saint Augustine

The mind commands the mind to will, and yet, though it be itself, it minds not. What is this monstrous thing? And why is it? Saint Augustine

There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither love nor hope without faith. Saint Augustine

Desire only God, and your heart will be satisfied. Saint Augustine

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Saint Augustine

Temperance is love surrendering itself wholly to Him who is its object; courage is love bearing all things gladly for the sake of Him who is its object; justice is love serving only Him who is its object, and therefore rightly ruling; prudence is love making wise distinction between what hinders and what helps itself. Saint Augustine

Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says For the woman I love and the second, For my best friend. Saint Augustine

We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone Saint Augustine

Six is a number perfect in itself, and not because God created the world in six days; rather the contrary is true. God created the world in six days because this number is perfect, and it would remain perfect, even if the work of the six days did not exist. Saint Augustine

It is said that there is no salvation outside the Church. Who denies this? And therefore whatever things of the Church are had outside the Church do not avail unto salvation. Saint Augustine

Baptism does not profit a man outside unity with the Church ... For many heretics also possess this Sacrament but not the fruits of salvation ... The benefits which flow from Baptism are necessarily fruits which belong to the true Church alone. Children Baptized in other communions cease to be members of the Church when, after reaching the age of reason, they make formal profession of heresy, as, for example, by receiving communion in a non-Catholic Church. Saint Augustine

Father, I am seeking: I am hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me. Saint Augustine

When I am completely united to You, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full of You, my life will be complete. Saint Augustine

The one who sings, prays twice. Saint Augustine

Nothing, therefore, happens unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen. He either permits it to happen, or He brings it about Himself. Saint Augustine

God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one; but we are not always ready to receive it when we turn aside and down to other things out of a desire for temporal things. Saint Augustine

There is no salvation outside the church. Saint Augustine

The Devil invented gambling. Saint Augustine

You (God) have not only commanded continence, that is, from what things we are to restrain our love, but also justice, that is, on what we are to bestow our love. Saint Augustine

O eternal truth and true love and beloved eternity! You are my God; to you I sigh by day and by night. And when I first knew you, you raised me up so that I could see that there was something to see and that I still lacked the ability to see it. And you beat back the weakness of my sight, blazing upon me with your rays, and I trembled in love and in dread... Saint Augustine

If you are suffering from a bad man's injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men. Saint Augustine

The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Saint Augustine

One loving heart sets another on fire. Saint Augustine

The measure of love is to love without measuring. Saint Augustine

If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide? Saint Augustine

The ministry is a weight from which even an angel might shrink Saint Augustine

God is not greater if you reverence Him, but you are greater if you serve Him. Saint Augustine

It is He who gave to this intellectual nature free-will of such a kind, that if he wishes to forsake God his blessedness, misery should forthwith result. Saint Augustine

If a parricide is more wicked than anyone who commits homicide-because he kills not merely a man but a near relative-without doubt worse still is he who kills himself, because there is none nearer to a man than himself. Saint Augustine

Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find the truth it is his Lord's. Saint Augustine

One does not read in the Gospel that the Lord said: I will send you the Paraclete who will teach you about the course of the sun and moon. For He willed to make them Christians, not mathematicians. Saint Augustine

Come, brethren, if you wish to be engrafted in the vine. It grieves us to see you thus lie cut off. Number the priests in the very chair of Peter, And see in that order of fathers who succeeded the other. This is the rock which the proud gates of hell overcome not. Saint Augustine

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Saint Augustine

I loved not yet, yet I loved to love... I sought what I might love, loving to love. Saint Augustine

O sons of Peace, sons of the One Catholic, walk in your way, and sing as you walk. Travelers do this in order to keep up their spirits. (p. 427). Saint Augustine

if there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God Saint Augustine

That your enemies have been created is God's doing; that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your mind? "Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins, put the fear of God in them, change them!" You are loving in them not what they are, but what you would have them to become. Saint Augustine

Do you who are a Christian desire to be revenged and vindicated, and the death of Jesus Christ has not yet been revenged, nor His innocence vindicated? Saint Augustine

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

The weakness of little children's limbs is innocent, not their souls . Saint Augustine

Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue. Saint Augustine

Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer Saint Augustine

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement. Saint Augustine

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. Saint Augustine

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. Saint Augustine

It is not that we keep His commandments first and that then He loves but that He loves us and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace which is revealed to the humble but hidden from the proud. Saint Augustine

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