Quotes by Saint Augustine

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.''
– Saint Augustine
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
– Saint Augustine
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
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
– Saint Augustine
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
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
– 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
Love, and do what you like.
– Saint Augustine
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
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
– Saint Augustine
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
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
– Saint Augustine
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
– Saint Augustine
O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
– Saint Augustine
Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.
– Saint Augustine
Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.
– Saint Augustine
Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
– Saint Augustine
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
– Saint Augustine
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
– Saint Augustine