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50 Powerful Quotes by Saint Augustine

Popular Saint Augustine Quotes

Saint Augustine or Saint Austin is also known as Augustine of Hippo. He was an early Christian theologian as well as philosopher. His writing influenced the development of Western philosophy along with Western Christianity. Some of his famous quotes are listed below.

Saint Augustine Quotes

  1. “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – St. Augustine
  2. “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” – St. Augustine
  3. “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” – St. Augustine
  4. “You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.” – St. Augustine
  5. “Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” – St. Augustine
  6. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine
  7. “There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.” – St. Augustine
  8. “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – St. Augustine
  9. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” – St. Augustine
  10. “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine
  11. “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – St. Augustine
  12. “Thou hast created us for thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.” – St. Augustine
  13. “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.” – St. Augustine
  14. “Don’t you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?” – St. Augustine
  15. “The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.” – St. Augustine
  16. “Love, and do what you like” – St. Augustine
  17. “I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.” – St. Augustine
  18. “Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.” – St. Augustine
  19. “O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.” – St. Augustine
  20. “Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.” – St. Augustine
  21. “He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.” – St. Augustine
  22. “The purpose of all wars…is peace.” – St. Augustine
  23. “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” – St. Augustine
  24. “We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain” – St. Augustine
  25. “Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.” – St. Augustine
  26. “He that is jealous is not in love.” – St. Augustine
  27. “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.” – St. Augustine
  28. “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.” – St. Augustine
  29. “Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.” – St. Augustine
  30. “Hear the other side.” – St. Augustine
  31. “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” – St. Augustine
  32. “A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.” – St. Augustine
  33. “We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.” – St. Augustine
  34. “By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.” – St. Augustine
  35. “I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered,” I am not He, but He made me.”” – St. Augustine
  36. “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” – St. Augustine
  37. “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.” – St. Augustine
  38. “Love is the beauty of the soul.” – St. Augustine
  39. “The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.” – St. Augustine
  40. “Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.” – St. Augustine
  41. “Punishment is justice for the unjust.” – St. Augustine
  42. “Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.” – St. Augustine
  43. “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” – St. Augustine
  44. “No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.” – St. Augustine
  45. “He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.” – St. Augustine
  46. “To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.” – St. Augustine
  47. “Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.” – St. Augustine
  48. “The greatest evil is physical pain.” – St. Augustine
  49. “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.” – St. Augustine
  50. “To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.” – St. Augustine

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