Quotes by Saint Augustine

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
– 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
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
– Saint Augustine
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
Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?
– 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
For, were it not good that evil things should also exist, the omnipotent God would almost certainly not allow evil to be, since beyond doubt it is just as easy for Him not to allow what He does not will, as for Him to do what He will.
– Saint Augustine
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
Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
– 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
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
– Saint Augustine
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
– Saint Augustine
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
– 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
I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered,'' I am not He, but He made me.''
– Saint Augustine
I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.
– Saint Augustine
I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!
– Saint Augustine