Saint Augustine (354-430) quotes


  • Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
  • Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
  • He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
  • Hear the other side.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
  • It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
  • It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
  • No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
  • Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
  • The purpose of all wars, is peace.

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