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

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Humble wedlock is far better than proud virginity.

I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving.

In our own times, you see, an emperor came to the city of Rome, where there’s the temple of an emperor, where there’s a fisherman’s tomb. And so that pious and Christian emperor, wishing to beg for health, for salvation from the Lord, did not proceed to the temple of a proud emperor, but to the tomb of a fisherman, where he could imitate that fisherman in humility, so that he, being thus approached, might then obtain something from the Lord, which a haughty emperor would be quite unable to earn.

Let no one flatter himself of himself he is Satan. Let man take sin, which is his own, and leave righteousness with God.

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

O Lord my God, tell me what you are to me. Say to my soul, I am your salvation. Say it so that I can hear it. My heart is listening, Lord; open the ears of my heard and say to my soul, I am your salvation. Let me run toward this voice and seize hold of you. Do not hide your face from me: let me die so that I may see it, for not to see it would be death to me indeed.

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

The true servants of God are not solicitous that He should order them to do what they desire to do, but that they may desire to do what He orders them to do.

This world's a bubble.

Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

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.

While the best men are guided by love, most mean are still goaded by fear.

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.

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.

I was saying these things and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when But the inner part is the better part; for to it, as both ruler and judge, all these messengers of the senses report the answers of heaven and earth and all the things therein, who said, "We are not God, but he made us." My inner man knew these things through the ministry of the outer man, and I, the inner man, knew all this — I, the soul, through the senses of my body. I asked the whole frame of earth about my God, and it answered, "I am not he, but he made me."

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

Let such a person rejoice even to ask the question, What does this mean? Yes, let him rejoice in that, and choose to find by not finding rather than by finding fail to find you.

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

See, those things go their way that others may succeed them, and that a whole may exist comprised of all its parts, though a lowly whole indeed. But I, says the Word of God, shall I depart to any place? Fix your dwelling there, my soul, lay up there for safe-keeping whatever you have thence received, if only because you are weary of deceits.

The dove loves when it quarrels; the wolf hates when it flatters.

The verdict of the world is conclusive.

Thou knowest how far Thou hast already changed me, who first healed me of the lust of vindicating myself, that so Thou mightest forgive all the rest of my iniquities, and heal all my infirmities, and redeem my life from corruption, and crown me with mercy and pity, and satisfy my desire with good things; who didst curb my pride with Thy fear, and tame my neck to Thy yoke. And now I bear it and it is light unto me, because so hast Thou promised, and hast made it; and verily it was so, and I knew it not, when I feared to take it.

Unless you believe, you will not understand.

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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