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Saint Augustine Quotes About Love, Death, Friendship, Self, Education, Truth, Faith, & Hope! Saint Augustine, usually regarded as Augustine of Hippo, was a bishop of the city of Hippo Regius in Northern Africa. As a Christian theologian of antiquity, he played a crucial part in forming early Western philosophy, which was defined by the fusion of Greek philosophy with Judeo-Christian religious traditions. He was born on November 13, 354 A.D., in the city of Rome.

 Saint Augustine Quotes

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His parents enrolled him at Madaurus Middle School in the Los Angeles area for his education while his age was eleven. He studied Latin literature and learned about pagan ideas and customs when he was at the university. He moved to Carthage At the age of 17 to finish his studies in rhetoric. 373 to 374 were the years in which he taught grammar at Tagaste. During the last months of 384, he took the job of professor of rhetoric at Milan’s imperial court. He encountered Saint Ambrose in Milan, who profoundly impacted his thought and thinking.

The name ‘Augustine of Hippo’ was given to him due to his promotion from coadjutor bishop to full bishop. This role he kept until 430. He was a vigorous defender of Christianity against its critics and actively engaged in persuading others to follow Christ. He was a prolific novelist who has written over 100 novels. His apologies, writings on Christian doctrine, and exegetical works all significantly impact Christian theology. He passed away on August 28, 430. The teachings and sermons of Saint Augustine are widely regarded for their influence on Western religion and philosophy.

Best Saint Augustine Quotes

1. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

2. “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine

3. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” – Saint Augustine

4. “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.” – Saint Augustine

5. “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Saint Augustine

6. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” – Saint Augustine

7. “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

8. “Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” – Saint Augustine

9. “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – Saint Augustine

10. “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” – Saint Augustine

11. “Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” – Saint Augustine

12. “Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.” – Saint Augustine

13. “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” – Saint Augustine

14. “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.” – Saint Augustine

15. “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

16. “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.” – Saint Augustine

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

18. “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

19. “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine

20. “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” – Saint Augustine

21. “Love is the beauty of the soul.” – Saint Augustine

22. “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?” – Saint Augustine

23. “My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed… And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.” – Saint Augustine

24. “The purpose of all wars, is peace.” – Saint Augustine

25. “Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.” – Saint Augustine

26. “The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.” – Saint Augustine

27. “Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.” – Saint Augustine

28. “Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.” – Saint Augustine

29. “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.” – Saint Augustine

30. “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” – Saint Augustine

31. “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – Saint Augustine

32. “Punishment is justice for the unjust.” – Saint Augustine

33. “If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.” – Saint Augustine

34. “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.” – Saint Augustine

35. “He that is jealous is not in love.” – Saint Augustine

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