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Quotes By Saint Augustine

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DOB
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13-11-354
DOD
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28-08-430

Saint Augustine described his quest to find God in his autobiography titled, ‘Confessions’, where he admitted to having committed several petty sins. Despite the fact that his mother was an ardent Christian, Augustine most likely took after his heathen father, Patricius. One day, at church, while he was praying for forgiveness for all his misdeeds, Augustine suddenly heard a child’s voice urging him to, “Take up and read”.

Immediately, Augustine opened the Bible and read the first page that caught his eyes. The lines told him to give up all his sins and turn over a new leaf. Immediately, the young man changed his ways, donated all his wealth, regularly prayed and got baptized on Easter. Then one day in 391, the now pious man travelled to Hippo, where the bishop, Valerius was discussing how the city had a dearth of priests. Immediately the listeners started advocating for the appointment of Augustine as their priest. When Valerius passed away, Augustine took up the position as the bishop, and in this capacity, he did away with misleading religious sermons, and showed compassion towards the underprivileged and the ailing. He also ensured that the naïve were sheltered from the conniving. More so, with each passing day, his love for God seemed to grow and he confessed, “You have made us, O God, for yourself, and our hearts shall find no rest until they rest in you.”

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.

- Saint Augustine

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.

- Saint Augustine

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.

- Saint Augustine

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

- Saint Augustine

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

- Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

- Saint Augustine

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

- Saint Augustine

God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.

- Saint Augustine

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.

- Saint Augustine

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

- Saint Augustine

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

- Saint Augustine

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

- Saint Augustine

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

- Saint Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

- Saint Augustine

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

- Saint Augustine

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