Saint Augustine

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This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

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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.

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He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.

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Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

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

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Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

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

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Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

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O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

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Saint Augustine – quotes and aphorisms

Love is the beauty of the soul.

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

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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.

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Punishment is justice for the unjust.

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

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

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Patience is the companion of wisdom.

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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.

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

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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.

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