Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo
354
430

Latin-speaking Philosopher and Theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province whose writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity

Author Quotes

I define charity as a motion of the soul whose purpose is to enjoy God for His own sake and one’s self and one’s neighbor for the sake of god. Lust, on the other hand is a motion of the soul bent upon enjoying one’s self, one’s neighbor, and any creature without reference to God.

If all could be perceived in one act of perception, it would obviously give more delight than any of the individual parts.

Indifferent acts are judged by their ends; sins are judged by themselves.

Life is a misery, death an uncertainty. Suppose it steals suddenly upon me, in what state shall I leave this world? When can I learn what I have here neglected to learn? Or is it true that death will cut off and put an end to all care and all feeling? This is something to be inquired into.

No inferior thing depraves the will, but the will depraves itself by following inferior things inordinately.

Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.

The greatest evil is physical pain.

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.

What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I don't know.

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.

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.

Is truth then a nothing, simply because it is not spread out through space either finite or infinite? Then from afar you cried to me, By no means, for I am who I am.

Life is that Wisdom by which all things are made, both the things that have been and the things that are yet to be… We did for one instant attain to touch it… in a flash of the mind attained to touch the eternal Wisdom which abides over all.

No longer was he the man who had joined the crowd; he was now one of the crowd he had joined, and a genuine companion of those who had led him there.

Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.

So give to the poor; I’m begging you, I’m warning you, I’m commanding you, I’m ordering you.

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

The world's verdict is conclusive.

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.

We behold, then, by the sight of the mind, in that eternal truth from which all things temporal are made, the form according to which we are, and according to which we do anything true and right reason, either in ourselves, or in things corporeal.

What matters it to me if someone does not understand this? Let him too rejoice and say, What is this? Let him rejoice even at this, and let him love to find you while not finding it out, rather than, while finding it out, not to find you.

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Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo
Birth Date
354
Death Date
430
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Latin-speaking Philosopher and Theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province whose writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity