Quotes by Saint Augustine

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
– Saint Augustine
Punishment is justice for the unjust.
– Saint Augustine
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
– Saint Augustine
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
– Saint Augustine
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
– Saint Augustine
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.
– Saint Augustine
The greatest evil is physical pain.
– Saint Augustine
The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.
– Saint Augustine
The purpose of all wars, is peace.
– Saint Augustine
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.
– Saint Augustine
The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
– Saint Augustine
There is no possible source of evil except good.
– Saint Augustine
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.
– Saint Augustine
Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.
– Saint Augustine
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
– Saint Augustine
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
– Saint Augustine
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
– Saint Augustine
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
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.
– Saint Augustine
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